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Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home
November 19 2017, 01:01 | Clarence Walton
"Apple is smart to frame the HomePod as a music-centric and audio-centric device rather than just another smart speaker or another home for Siri", said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson. And the Apple executives talked about the fact that HomePod is powered Siri, the company's virtual assistant, nearly like an afterthought.
Eyeing this growth, not only Apple but also other tech giants including Samsung Electronics and Microsoft are preparing to launch smart speakers of their own this year. By saying, "Hello Siri, I like this melody", HomePod and Apple Music turn into the ideal music library, taking in inclinations from several classes and dispositions, crosswise over a huge number of playlists, and these music tastes are shared crosswise over gadgets.
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"You should be able to tell "Alexa, ask Siri X, ' " David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices, told a group of journalists at the Wired Business Conference in NY on Wednesday, USA Todayreported". The company has integrated the Apple Music app into its HomePod device, indicating that it expects the device to also contribute to its Services business.
Apple wants the HomePod to be hard to classify. While he didn't discuss exactly how the devices differ, he told USA Today that the HomePod's $349 price tag makes it substantially more expensive than his company's alternatives, including the popular Amazon Echo.
Amazon introduced the Echo speaker, featuring its Alexa assistant, in 2015.
Data for the Google Home is encrypted in transit and at rest, which means that it's protected as it heads to Google's servers and encoded again where it's stored.
Apple did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.
As of now, most smart speakers plug into a wall, so they're not portable. In fact, Sonos' line of multiroom speakers is so sleek and functional that many suggested in the past that the company might be an acquisition target for Apple. That is $120 more than the brand new AmazonEcho Show with monitor, and $170 more than the regular AmazonEcho.
One of the anecdotes the report details concerns the hiring of Bill Stasior, a former Amazon search executive who arrived at Apple to oversee Siri about a year of Steve Jobs's death, the man who brought Siri to Apple.
It wouldn't be the first time that Apple hopped on the bandwagon of a technology product popularized by a competitor. The latest big player to enter the scene is Apple HomePod. This will be flawless for those of you who photo edit, render 3D images or maybe just play games when you probably have something more important to do.
Just as Google and Facebook did at their developer conferences this year, Apple announced an augmented reality platform called ARKit to allow developers to more easily create augmented reality apps, such as Pokémon Go, which overlay digital objects on to the real world.
Apple also states security and privacy are vital. Software updates are also expected for Apple's smartwatch and TV box for streaming online video.