Amazon devices chief: HomePod and Echo ain't the same thing


Over a decade ago, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) introduced the iPod Hi-Fi, a large high-fidelity speaker that was clearly positioned to target audiophiles. The price point is considerably higher than the Amazon Echo ($180) and the Google Home ($129). It will work closely with your Apple Music subscription, and will have access to your playlists and a vast 40 million music library, to pull in more recommendations based on listening preferences.

The above teaser video doesn't tell us much about the HomePod besides the fact that it can play music on command, but there's a lot more to this product than that.

Google Home is nipping at its heels. The $350 device, which could be used as a stationary speaker plugged into a wall socket or a portable one using D-cell batteries, is one of Apple's most prominent flops, one that it would probably rather forget.

Apple hasn't announced an exact date for the release of the HomePod.

HomePod combines with seven tweeters, six microphones and a woofer to provide you unparalleled sound quality and experience.

For the smart speakers too, Samsung will allow Bixby to do tasks like setting up reminders, playing music, and more. Most other devices on the market today are either smart, voice-enabled speakers with limited sound quality (think Amazon Echo and Google Home) or wireless speakers offering superior sound but lacking voice integration. But it's not just about music; Siri is still there to be your everyday assistant. Google Home is also slowly improving and playing catch-up. You're supposed to be able to just speak to them and get instant results - no phone required. Samsung is expected to announce the Bixby speaker later this year.

Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs. This is a product straddling two categories, and not in a good way.

But they can also be perceived as creepy monitoring devices that listen in on the home, and sometimes turn on without anyone even prompting them. The device already controls 70 percent of the digital assistant market even though it debuted three years after Apple unveiled its Siri digital assistant. That's one hell of an ecosystem to birth from thin air.

Back in 2015 Amazon stopped selling Apple TV units though its online store, including through third-party listings, in a bid to boost sales of its own Fire TV devices.

The A8 chip is also responsible for painless pairing of your iPhone to the speaker - hold the iPhone near the HomePod and the two devices recognise each other and the speakers are ready to play music in seconds.

Amazon's Kindle app for Apple's iPhone lets people read but not buy books, which must be purchased directly from Amazon's website. At the time, it seemed like that was actually leading to something. Now? For years, Siri was trapped inside the computers and smartphones, and finally, Apple has open the door for its own home - HomePod. Plus, Google has been fighting hard to lock up the No. 2 spot in the market.