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Apple Inc.'s HomePod speaker made headlines at the company's annual developer conference.

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Other smart home hubs like the Echo - and many similarly priced home priced home speaker systems - can't hold a candle to what the HomePod is able to replicate sonically. This new breed of speaker presents a tantalizing future powered by voice, where computing is not tied to a screen.

HomePod is basically Apple's take on Amazon Echo and Google Home, even though both of them were released way before Apple announced the new HomePod but as we all know, Apple, because of its established market image, always lead with whatever it launches. Siri can be activated using the command "Hey, Siri". It also needs to be fun to use, Apple said. But since then, ongoing development at the company has been comparatively moribund in contrast to the lightning-fast technology evolution from competitors like Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's Cortana. By choosing a music-first, premium approach, Apple appears content to let Amazon win the numbers battle with its lower-cost smart speaker.

Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay. It's a 7-inch tall round speaker with a microphone array used to listen to your demands. The chip does all the fancy audio engineering - real-time acoustic modeling, audio beam forming and echo cancellation.

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Apple said the speakers have "spatial awareness" that adjusts the speaker's sound levels to the acoustic conditions of the particular room. As per the report, the feature makes a similar pop-up notification like AirPods do for the establishment of a connection.

Schiller said the HomePod will be deeply integrated with the Apple Music streaming music service. When away from home, HomePod is the ideal home hub, providing remote access and home automation through the Home app on iPhone or iPad.

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The company is casting Siri as a music connoisseur that will learn and cater to the tastes of the HomePod's owners, as well as answer questions about the songs as they are played. "While neither speaker is outright bad, I wouldn't buy either of them if sound quality was my primary aim".

In addition, Samsung Electronics is also rumored to be preparing a home audio device likely to be equipped with its own voice assistant Bixby. The tech has been built into the phones since 2014, to enable contactless Apple Pay transactions, but it's not been opened up to other uses until now. Interestingly, Sonos was absent from the list of early speaker partners. The new Apple HomePod seems to be a good and useful device for the people who are Apple fans and want to have a good intelligent sound device at home. HomePod is created to provide you the best quality sound for your home.

Limp also talked about what Amazon has learned about the market and consumer preference as it has released and refined its Echo offerings over the past several years.

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