Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the HomePod at a keynote address in June 2017, saying that it would "reinvent home music". There's a lot of stuff about "high-excursion woofers" and "custom seven-tweeter arrays" that we'll spare you, but the real kicker is that it's intelligent enough to adapt the sound according to where you place it in the room and what music you're playing.
The HomePod delivers impeccable sound quality that surpasses that of similar offerings by Google and Sonos, reviewers say. Its chief selling point appears to be a high-quality speaker for using the Apple Music service-but not any other rival services.
The smart speaker uses Apple's Siri voice agent, in the company's relatively late entry into the smart speaker market.
In a way, sending this tweet with a Spotify playlist was like baking a sugar-dripping birthday cake for a diabetic.
"It won't work with Android at all", he added, noting that Amazon's and Google's devices can.
Like with Alexa or Google Assistant on competing devices, you can ask Siri to play music and podcasts, read you the news and control other connected devices in the home.
This year, 30 million people in the USA will use an Amazon Echo, according to eMarketer, which projected overall voice-enabled smart speak share at 68% for Amazon Echo and 25% for Google Home. But you're far more limited in what you can hear outside Apple's ecosystem, unless you bring your phone or tablet and exploit Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming technology. Users can play tunes from Spotify, yes, but it's not integrated properly on there.
But when I subsequently moved the speaker to a new location outside the house and tried connecting to different Wi-Fi networks, I ran into repeated snags trying to set up the speaker up again.
When it comes to music, Google, and for that matter Amazon, can help you play a song in which you can't recall the title and only remember a few lyrics.
My other quibble has to do with a hard challenge for Apple. At times, not only did HomePod respond, but so did Siri on my nearby iPhone. "Whenever I asked HomePod to 'play some music, ' it never played music that was relevant to my preferences or listening history", he wrote, even though Apple has claimed that HomePod will excel at learning user's musical tastes. The Home Max is ultimately the more universal option of the two.