Can Apple HomePod Challenge Google Home & Amazon Echo? We Find Out!

Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, commented: "Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes".

Apple is pitching the HomePod as a music player above everything else, perhaps because Siri is perceived to be far weaker than Google's Assistant and Amazon's Echo intelligent assistants. Sadly, Apple HomePod will control the HomeKit-enabled lights and accessories and not others. And when factoring that HomePod comes equipped with the A8 chip, the same processor found in the iPhone 6 from 2016.

HomePod is basically Apple's take on Amazon Echo and Google Home, even though both of them were released way before Apple announced the new HomePod but as we all know, Apple, because of its established market image, always lead with whatever it launches. They're aiming higher and hoping to play in the same space as a Sonos with their PLAY:3 speaker ($299). "HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a attractive speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home". The HomePod is going to be a lot more spendy, and it won't be available for quite some time. Indeed, Apple told some WWDC attendees that there's a lot more to look forward to.

In another point of differentiation from its competition, the Apple HomePod seems to be only set up for Apple Music, according to The Verge.

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The smart features and Siri integration nearly felt like an afterthought, but they're definitely worth mentioning. Users only need to hold an iPhone next to the HomePod for it start playing music. A new Siri-based watch face is being introduced that uses machine learning to figure out what information is most useful at any given moment in time.

Additionally, Siri through HomePod can get answers and provide assistance with measurements, translations, news, sports, traffic, general knowledge questions, and more.

The HomePod will be available in December this year, initially in Australia, the United Kingdom and the US. Amazon's (AMZN) record-breaking Echo speaker, which it can't make fast enough, and Google's (GOOGL) Home speaker were top dogs in a new category.

These experiences, while impressive, aren't unique to Apple, but the company believes it's uniquely positioned to help create them on a scale we haven't seen before. Companies like Ecobee and Belkin have added or are adding support for Apple HomeKit through the addition of hubs or software updates. It's a speaker, and a powerful, high-performance one at that. The company "can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others", said Geoff Blaber, research analyst at CCS Insight. Nothing wrong with that approach at all.

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The report stated that the number of Americans using home assistants is expected to more than double this year.

That description of what Siri can do pales in comparison to the skills Alexa boasts thanks to its Alexa Skills Kit, an API for third-party developers to integrate the assistant into their apps.

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