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Apple's HomePod speaker to be release on Feb 9

Apple's HomePod speaker to be release on Feb 9

We'll walk you through what you need to know before you buy the HomePod and help you make the right decision for you. However, Apple pushed the release date to February instead.

The victor in the Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo really depends on what you want out of the speaker system in question, but Google is well-placed here with an established unit that delivers exactly what it purports to provide. For an extra measly £30, you can buy two Sonos Ones. Sensing its location in a room, thanks to an Apple A8 chip, it also adjusts to improve the quality of the sound based on its position. Not long after this announcement, Sonos released the Sonos One, a version that has Alexa build in, and will soon have Google Assistant as well. No, it doesn't have that crisp sound you'd hear from very expensive high-end speakers, but then again, the HomePod doesn't cost thousands yet still pushes brilliant sound quality out of a single, small enclosure. How to get your hands on Apple's first smart speaker? I had a chance to listen to Apple's HomePod at a large apartment in NY for about an hour, and while I will need more time with the device to render a final verdict, I came away with some favorable - and some not-so-favorable - early impressions. The plan, Sonos says, is to support AirPlay 2 - the streaming music system that Apple will rely on for HomePod's eventual multi-room feature - later in 2018.

Apple has always placed a premium on design, and the HomePod is no exception. He likes the connectivity it has to Apple's ecosystem, even though he has no smart home gadgets. Another thing that you can do with this brand of smart speakers that Apple can't is to have multi-room audio or playing songs simultaneously in speakers that may be located in other parts of the house. Here's a look at both sides of the spectrum.

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Plus with support for HomeKit, HomePod can control hundreds of home accessories or set scenes like, "Hey Siri, I'm home", to control a number of different accessories at the same time. Great surround speakers for your Sonos home theater, too ● Play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker. Google and Amazon devices do not do this with their microphones. I performed a similar setup with my Dolby Atmos receiver for watching movies.

The matrix of audio components is not inconsequential. Whenever you speak the wake-up command, "Hey, Siri", a circular light appears, morphing and twisting in all the colors of the rainbow.

Next up, Gregory Porter and Holding On (featuring Kem). Alternatively you can pair them up in the same room for true stereo sound.


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