Sonos Pokes Fun at Apple's Homepod Launch

Sonos Pokes Fun at Apple's Homepod Launch

Paired with Apple Music, the HomePod is created to provide you with some serious sound quality - no matter where it's located in your actual home.

Apple significantly trails Amazon's Echo and Google's Home lines of smart speakers entering the market, but Apple put a high emphasis on speaker sound quality.

Apple's HomePod officially goes on sale today, with online sales of the devices expected to arrive next week.

Today is the official release date for Apple's HomePod Speakers and the company just posted cost of repairs for uninsured HomePod customers; $279, which is almost as much as buying a new one for $349.

"Siri on HomePod is embarrassingly inadequate, even though that is the primary way you interact with it", wrote Brian Chen in his review of HomePod for The New York Times. The singer got early access to the speaker and of course, he has some thoughts about what sounds best. "Siri is sorely lacking in capabilities compared with Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant".

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.

The speaker can also send messages and check news and weather information.

In the end, reviewers agreed that if you're in the market for a high-quality speaker and don't mind the tight embrace of Apple's ecosystem, the HomePod is flawless for you. WhatsApp is supported by Siri, but beyond that very few apps are.

"You can play any music or audio through the HomePod from your iPhone or iPad via AirPlay", said Martin. "We made you a playlist", Sonos said in the tweet.

A waveform display appears at the top of the cylinder base, letting a user know that Siri is listening, and it doubles as a control pad.

With such self-imposed borders, there is a limited demographic that can truly harness the power of the HomePod. "Anyone else should consider other options".

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