Applestarted shipping its Homepod speaker Friday, and smart speaker competitor Sonos was ready to celebrate - with a tweet that poked fun at Apple, while also pointing to one of the Homepod 's biggest weaknesses.
From the look of it, Apple sees HomePod mainly as a way to extend the reach of its Apple Music service, not Siri.
Select Apple Authorised Resellers, including Best Buy in the US; Argos, Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World), John Lewis, Shop Direct (Very and Littlewoods), EE and Apple Premium Resellers in the United Kingdom; and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Telstra in Australia, have also started selling the HomePod locally.
Overall speaking, smart speaker is the interface for smart home devices.
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"The HomePod is designed for someone with 100 percent Apple product buy-in, who lives in the iOS/Mac ecosystem, who subscribes to Apple Music, and who just wants basic smart speaker features", writes Nguyen at BuzzFeed.
Find the music-playback controls - by default in the top right.
Unlike the Home Max or the Sonos One, the HomePod doesn't offer stereo pairing, or Sonos-style multi-room capability. yet.
Since then, Apple has avoided comparing the HomePod to the Amazon Echo and Google Home - devices with better voice-activated smart assistants compared to Apple's Siri - and said it is instead competing with audio-focused speakers such as Sonos.
Bluetooth streaming: You can't just stream music from any Bluetooth source to the HomePod, even though it has Bluetooth 5.0 hardware inside. An Apple spokesperson promised us that the functions will be "coming this year in a free software update". Apple is positioning the HomePod firmly as a music device that can also help you out around the house. And it's an acknowledgement that, like it or not, there are going to be multiple parties in this space. 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. The company also made a decision to compile that playlist on Spotify, for a reason: At this point, Homepod users can't launch Spotify playlists on the device. You shouldn't need to phrase each subsequent question in a series as if it's the first.