Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker War

Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker War

Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker War

When using Apple Music though, the HomePod can display an impressive level of knowledge.

In fact, the smart speaker company welcomed the "Fruit Machine" to the biz by trolling it with a custom Spotify playlist, which we first spotted on 9to5Mac.

Unlike the Home Max or the Sonos One, the HomePod doesn't offer stereo pairing, or Sonos-style multi-room capability. yet.

In addition to several speakers mixed among Apple's other products on tables throughout the store, HomePods have been set up in larger locations next to Apple's HomeKit displays, however, they didn't appear to be connected to the rest of the demo just yet.

Amazon Echo essentially houses Alexa, the personal assistant developed by the huge company.

More: A smart home sounds like a great idea. Alexa and Google can draw upon lots of information even before you add third-party skills; Siri on HomePod can get stumped by requests an iPhone can handle.

Although Apple has now officially entered the "smart" speaker market, Amazon remains the market leader according to a report from research specialist TrendForce.

Apple's HomePod went on sale this morning in the US, and customers who preordered the smart speaker are receiving their shipments across all three countries where the device is available, including Australia and the United Kingdom. Each of these devices is compatible with three major ecosystems, meaning that smart home support is pretty standard across the device range.

The set-up process is less cumbersome than for the Echo or Google Home, which use a companion app and require some WiFi network selection. Again, it would be reasonable to say that Apple doesn't quite keep up with the competition in this department. Like the HomePod, the Google Home Max also allows hands-free voice calls.

HomePod's high-excursion woofer - which can travel 20mm, peak-to-peak - makes a key difference compared to other smart speakers; filling the room with deep and resonate audio.

However, one feature that the Google Home does deliver that is absent in both the Amazon and Apple devices is the ability to utilize the speaker as an intercom.

The device has two main purposes...

Voice recognition is obviously critical in any Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home comparison, and it will be disappointing for potential Apple consumers that Siri is somewhat behind the other two intelligent operating systems here as well.

Apple has four new HomePod commercials called: Equalizer, Distortion, Bass, and Beat.

"Indeed, the perception out there is that Siri, despite being on tens of millions of iPhones and the first virtual assistant to make a name for itself, just isn't as smart or useful as Alexa and the Google Assistant".

What's clear is all three devices promise voice control, wireless streaming music, home automation, news and weather, Internet searching, lists and calendars and other productivity and information services.

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