Exactly how the two companies came to an agreement is yet to be confirmed, however, it's understood that as part of the deal, Amazon will again begin selling the Apple TV on its store. Like Google Home and Amazon Echo, this is a speaker that is created to sit in any environment, be it the bedroom or the kitchen, and it's a design that works from all angles.
Every Apple OS platform is receiving a number of different updates with iOS and macOS taking center stage. Available in white or black, the HomePod, which looks something like a microphone, features seven tweeters and an upward firing 4-inch woofer, six microphones and the same A8 64-bit ARM-based processor used in the iPhone. It has multi-channel echo cancellation, real-time acoustic modeling and more. A Google Home killer?
Consumers can use voice control to search for music and, saying, "Hey Siri, I like this song", the platform will learn preferences. For anyone looking to make their home a little smarter, that choice is a no-brainer. Although Siri does support a narrow set of third party voice actions on iOS devices, it's unclear whether these will be accessible on HomePod.
The Echo now only runs Alexa, Amazon's smart voice assistant.
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Since HomePod will not hit the market until December, it is unlikely to catch much of the year-end holiday shopping wave and post big sales this year, according to Blau. Meanwhile, Siri is making its first foray into a living room piggybacking on a high-end speaker. Eventually, Samsung is planning to extend more abilities to the virtual assistant such as rotating or aligning images, playing videos on TV, etc. What you won't do is boot up your Mac or pull out your iPhone.
Apple is lying to itself if the company really believes the HomePod can just be a streaming speaker. And you can soon find Siri inside a standalone speaker for the home.
In a blog post Technalysis Research founder Bob O'Donnell depicted Apple's latest product news as an affirmation that the company has not fallen behind competitors and is working to take advantage of potentially exciting new technologies. This is a product straddling two categories, and not in a good way. If that doesn't work well, the extra audio enhancements won't be enough to keep the productive competitive in what is bound to be a rapidly evolving smart speaker market. It's a smart marketing strategy. It would work a lot like Amazon's Echo or Google Home. What did you think of this year's keynote? Put simply: A $349 speaker that puts Siri in the backseat is a unusual product to lead that initiative, especially when people are snapping up Echo Dots in three-packs that are still less than half the HomePod's asking price. HomePod might also have some unique appeal to folks who've invested in Apple's burgeoning HomeKit smart home ecosystem. At the time, it seemed like that was actually leading to something. Now? "The HomePod is built to play best with Apple Music, with Siri able to answer extra contextual questions like 'who's the drummer in this?" or "when was this recorded?" for Apple's service, along with logging your tastes across devices when you say "I like this song". Plus, Google has been fighting hard to lock up the No. 2 spot in the market. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180; Google's Home speaker goes for $130.