Apple HomePod Now Available in US, UK, and Australia

Apple HomePod Now Available in US, UK, and Australia

The recently released Apple HomePod is expected to reach a share of 8.9%, while the numbers for Alibaba's and Xiaomi's smart speakers will be 6.3% and 5.1% respectively. The HomePod does have features the Amazon Echo and Google Home don't, such as the ability to play podcasts at a faster speed or use voice to send iMessages and WhatsApp texts, according to BuzzFeed's Nicole Nguyen.

"If you don't like Apple Music, don't buy a HomePod", said Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch. However, they have generally said that HomePod's reliance on half-baked software - including Siri - has major issues, most notably a lack of Siri functionality compared with other digital assistants, as well as weak integration with iOS devices, various iCloud-stored content, and third-party apps.

Unlike in the Alexa app, meanwhile, there's no log of what Siri heard and what her response was. On the Echo Plus, Alexa also works as a smart home hub, and lets you set up accessories. "It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, lovely design that is so much fun to use".

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In the end, reviewers agreed that if you're in the market for a high-quality speaker and don't mind the tight embrace of Apple's ecosystem, the HomePod is ideal for you. Google Home only supports the Google calendar, while the Invoke supports both Google and Microsoft calendars.

But Sonos didn't just call the Homepod "Fruit Machine".

"Hello Apple, Something About Us, Together, Feels Right, Even Though, You're Crazy, For This, Home, Pod, Remember, Two Is Better Than One, Just Playing (Dreams), It's a Party, Everybody's Coming to My House, Even You, Come As You Are, Fruit Machine, No Matter What You're Told, We're Going to Be Friends, Over Everything".

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If Siri finds a coffee shop that sounds to your liking, for example, there's no way to send that information to your iPhone.

However, its Siri and Apple Music exclusivity make it a hard sell as a smart speaker for anyone who isn't fully invested in Apple's ecosystem. Siri needs to be better everywhere, and really excellent on screenless devices like HomePod, particularly when you're posing a series of questions about the same topic.

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