How Apple's HomePod compares to the competition

Google Assistant on the Home and Home Mini answered 81 percent correctlyGearBrain

While Siri was decidedly at the last place in this round, most of it was due to a lack of support by the HomePod for navigation, email or calling.

You can't even set up a Homepod and use it if you don't have an iPhone.

Have you bought HomePod?

AppleThe Apple HomePod went for sale on February 9, and includes an updates Siri voice assistant out of the box. You can also transfer your iCloud, iTunes and Apple Music settings across which makes sense for requesting a specific track or playlist. Though this interface is limited compared to your voice control options, it's super hand when it comes to music controls.

Circling back to the beginning, I do think iOS users with Apple Music and HomeKit devices will be thrilled with the sound and home control of HomePod, provided they can wait for Apple to address some of the gaps in Siri's smarts. The latest teardown reveals that the speaker is made of high-quality materials, but that does not necessarily translate into allowing DIYers to take a chance and fix something if the gadget starts behaving erratically. If it does break, though, you effectively end up with a paperweight that may need to be replaced outright.

If Apple can just get Siri up to speed - and the Consumer Reports findings don't cause too big a wave - the HomePod may yet develop into an AAPL stock factor.

While smart speakers have been around for a few years at this point, the scene is gradually shifting more towards a focus on sound quality as the smart functionality has continued to improve. Not HomePod, however. Well, not directly. But how does the sound quality measure up to existing models like the Google Home Max and Sonos One? You can say things like, "Hey, Siri, I don't like this song", and the device will adjust the music accordingly and remember for the future.

After the HomePod is working, you are safe to delete the Music app if you really don't want to keep it around.

Apple Music doesn't yet have the same global dominance as the music streaming service Spotify.

A number of other reviewers have praised the HomePods's sound quality compared with similar speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.

Entering the smart speaker market where the likes of and already operate, Apple's HomePod that comprises a high-excursion woofer equipped with a custom-engineered amplifier, an array of seven tweeters - each of which has its own amplifier and a transducer, and six microphones.

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