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Get Two Sonos Speakers for Price of Single Apple HomePod

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference Get Two Sonos Speakers for Price of Single Apple HomePod
Frank Williams | 10 June, 2017, 10:13

Like Amazon's Alexa, the smart speaker is also designed as a home assistant for information on news, weather, reminders and will be able to control smart home products.

According to the company, the Siri-powered smart speaker is created to "reinvent home music", much in the way that the iPod did for portable music. Google is making huge strides forward in AI and natural language understanding, and of course knows more about you than Apple or Amazon, which helps with personalisation.

On a monthly basis, that means about 35.6 million consumers are chatting with Google Home, Amazon Echo, or a similar device.

If you were paying attention to the start of Apple's developer conference on Monday, you'll have noticed that the tech giant launched a brand new product with an odd-sounding name:. "It's about being the best and giving the user an experience that delights them every time". But for Apple to achieve its goals, the HomePod just needs to keep the waters rough enough to make its competitors seasick. Additionally, HomePod will allow messaging - something my Google Home now apologizes for not being able to do.

It will be interesting to see how Apple Siri develops now that HomePod is set to launch.

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.

It is high time that Apple produce its own version of home assistant - although, you won't find Apple calling it that.

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In addition, Samsung Electronics is also rumored to be preparing a home audio device likely to be equipped with its own voice assistant Bixby. "And if you take off the constraints (with servers, infrastructure and cost) what could you do?'" One of the things they came back with was the thought that "conversational speech was in our future and we could get there". "Drop some fresh beats" should actually work if Apple has studied a 50-year-old pretending to be street. Apple did promise that we'd learn "a lot more about tvOS" later this year, so it will be a while before we hear anything more about Apple TV. Critics instead saw a negotiating tactic to get Prime Video onto the Apple device, and a prod for people to buy Amazon's competing Fire TV players.

Researchers at elite universities said in interviews that Apple was still not the top choice for their computer science graduates - Google, Facebook, and Amazon were by far the top picks - but that the company was moving up in the rankings. Like Google, Apple saw the Amazon Echo and chose to jump into the home assistant/speaker space.

Yes, the market may be new, but, is it one you want to be part of?

Smart speakers are pretty good listeners, too. It's the individual services that really differentiate the voice assistants and the speakers.

Since then, former Siri team members say that development on the voice assistant has been stymied by "a failure to set ambitious goals, shifting strategies and a culture that prioritizes user privacy-making it hard to personalize and improve the product". Sonos offers support for nearly every music streaming service under the sun, along with a larger ecosystem with multiple speakers at various sizes and price points (including the ability to add non-Sonos speakers to the network). First, Apple doesn't like to announce products six months in advance. In the same way that Band-Aids are now more common on laptop cameras than on knees, can we expect these always-on assistants to be hidden under tea cosies by a population of conspiracy theorists?

The iPad has been boring for years, but Apple clearly wants to change that (read: Sell more iPads) in the months to come.

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