Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Comparison

While Apple's (AAPL) iMac updates and the new HomePod speaker drew most of the attention at the company's World Wide Developers conference Monday, investors may have missed the most notable trend coming from the tech giant.

In a blog post Technalysis Research founder Bob O'Donnell depicted Apple's latest product news as an affirmation that the company has not fallen behind competitors and is working to take advantage of potentially exciting new technologies.

"What we tried to do is build something that is a breakthrough speaker first", Apple CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg.

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So now, we'll have to wait for Part 2 of this "series" - HomePod announcements at the September unveiling of iPhone 8 or whatever Apple plans to call it. Let's hope they haven't made the wrong decision by showcasing the mere shell of the HomePod - to 5,000 developers, no less.

ApplePromotional image for HomePod - Apple's newest home speaker. "Hey Siri", brings the speaker to life and then you can ask it to play music. But I'm not counting it out: If anyone can make this work, Apple can.

One was a new US$349 smart "HomePod" home speaker to 'reinvent ' home audio, which will be available in the United Kingdom and in the U.S. in December. As of now, neither the Echo nor the Google Home speakers can be considered top notch in terms of the quality of the sound they produce.

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HomePod is positioned as a rival to Amazon Echo. Google's Home speaker, featuring its plain-named Assistant, debuted past year. Apple is just getting started, and it will be a while before there's a robust suite of functionalities outside of what Siri is able to do right now.

I'm not convinced there are that many households that want to splurge for $350 speakers in every room-and those that exist probably already have Sonos systems.

The HomePod is arriving in December this year in white and "space grey". Microsoft also has announced its own speaker with Samsung's Harman business; it will use Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant. While many experts believe that Amazon's product is now stronger than Apple's (especially its activation command) and more competitively priced, it may not take long for Apple to add features and improve its Home Pod. But the company relented, and Apple's larger phones have become hot commodities as more people have embraced having a bigger display to look at pictures and watch video on the devices. The company unveiled a number of new products including Home Pod, its smart speaker.

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The general clarity of the HomePod was good, however at times the bass did sound a little too heavy, verging on uncomfortable. When away from home, HomePod is a home hub, providing remote access and home automations through the Home app on iPhone or iPad.

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