Google Home is mono with one driver, Amazon echo is mono too, but with 2 drivers: woofer and mid/highs, the rest are all mono. I do not know if Apple homepod is stereo, but it has 7 drivers for mid/highs and one big subwoofer. Apple is the best until now in the world of smart speakers. But if you want a real speaker with round futuristic design, but without voice assistant, but the best sound, buy Harman Kardon Aura
Costlier than the competitors....
PLAYER SLAYER, 06 Jun 2017Music streaming services; any person who listens to music has at least one on their device, an... moreIts a home assistant. You can leave it at home on its own and it'll continue to function for the rest of the family members too. Additionally, it will work as a hub for your home-kit enabled devices, means you can remotely manage all your home-kit devices directly from your phone.
ethereal, 06 Jun 2017It can stream on its own directly off the cloud, not requiring phone. That, and the fact that ... moreMusic streaming services; any person who listens to music has at least one on their device, and if not, they have their songs downloaded on their device. As for speaking into it to pay a song, I can use the same "Hey Siri," or "Okay Google" to tell it to stream the song, as you can on this.
"HomePod seems to be all about the music, thus trying to avoid pitting its virtual assistant features directly against competitors such as Amazon Echo and Google Home," well someone surely doesn't trust the full capabilities of their digital assistant.
hmmm... unless the sound quality is baller status, don't see the need for another proprietary bluetooth speaker
nkwama, 05 Jun 2017They are always late to the partyBut whenever they come, they come with a bang
Nothing more than that...
The Apple Way!
Anonanoymoususes, 06 Jun 2017that someday other will follow too ...Like what Amazon echo, Google home or essential home? Really...
Looks like a UE Boom gone outta diet.
In other words, it looks fat and boring.
What happened to the classic apple looks apart from the OVERPRICING and OVERRATED phones?
PLAYER SLAYER, 05 Jun 2017And what's the difference between this and a Bluetooth speaker, again?It can stream on its own directly off the cloud, not requiring phone. That, and the fact that you can speak to it as well, again, without the phone.
It shall support spotify only if thats built-in or ofcourse via airplay.
Classic Apple. Offers a basic thing (a marshmallow in this case) and charges an extortionate price for it...
And what's the difference between this and a Bluetooth speaker, again?
Silly name unfortunately.
They are always late to the party