No, You Can't Compare Apple HomePod to Amazon Echo or Sonos

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Siri will play a central role in all HomePod functions.

Apple typically stores data for a mere six months but Amazon and Google will keep the information indefinitely.

But the Cupertino, California company is likely to stick to its tested method of focusing on a small amount of features and trying to ideal them, rather than casting as wide a net as possible, according to engineers and artificial intelligence industry insiders.

It is important to note that Apple has contributed greatly in the field of digital AI with Siri. At the company's annual developer conference next week, it is expected to add to those categories. While Amazon and Google offer voice control for the smart home in speaker form, Apple emphasizes that HomePod is a speaker first. The speaker will be operated on Siri, Apple's voice technology.

'You should be able to tell Alexa, "ask Siri X,"' he said. Google doesn't have that kind of space: They've got to convince you to buy an Android phone or a Pixel or the Google Home that has Assistant on it. Amazon has to convince you to open the Amazon app on your phone to use Alexa, or buy an Echo device.

Google Home, the smart speaker with Google Assistant built in, becomes officially available and supported in Canada on June 26, for $179.

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"With Apple acquiring Bowers & Wilkins talent to develop AirPods, it's clear they are taking audio more seriously".

Apple has made a decision to go for the high end of the market, and is positioning HomePod more as a luxury speaker than a hands-free assistant.

It's hard to say without hearing it for ourselves, but from first impressions it seems that Apple's new HomePod is going to be the best-sounding speaker yet.

With its seven-tweeter array, four-inch high-excersion subwoofer and Apple-designed A8 chip, HomePod looks a lot more like Sonos than Echo or Google Home.

Apple on Monday fired a shot over Amazon's smart home bow, but the e-commerce giant might not think it matters.

Don't compare HomePod to Amazon Echo or Sonos.

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The artificial intelligence within those two exceeds Siri's current capabilities, but with Apple having announced a wide range of updates to Siri at WWDC, the virtual assistant's power by the time HomePod launches remains unknown.

However, a recent statement from an Amazon exec holds that the HomePod is not such a big threat to the Echo family, as the products are "different philosophically" and should appeal to different tastes and needs. The Journal said two other Siri employees landed at Google and Amazon.

Apple HomePod costs much more as well.

Another disadvantage it has is that music support only comes from Apple Music.

So is the HomePod a glorified smart speaker? But while Apple stayed focused on upgrading its flagship product, the iPhone, through the years, other competitors developed their own voice-activated assistants.

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