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Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Comparison

10 June 2017

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"You should be able to tell "Alexa, ask Siri X, ' " David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices, told a group of journalists at the Wired Business Conference in NY on Wednesday, USA Today reported". But Siri's fundamental comprehension capabilities remain subpar.

But at US$349 (S$480) in the US, the HomePod is almost twice as expensive as the Echo (US$179.99) and three times the price of the Google Home (US$109).

Siri, which competes with Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices, is struggling to rise above the competition because of Apple's culture, which prioritizes user privacy, making it hard to personalize and improve the product, former Siri team employees said.

This marks a good level of growth for Apple Music, which hit 13 million subscribers around a year ago and just managed to surpass the 20 million mark in December 2016.

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Blau suspected Apple only gave a glimpse at its vision for HomePod, noting its potential to be a command center for smart houses and to mesh with iPhones, iPads, online services and more. Yeah, sure, this is all going to end well.

Google got in next with the Google Home, a price leader at $110. Of course, HomePod has some shiny, innovative features like scanning your room to configure the sound to the flawless frequency, but again, these are some a few features Apple rolls out in its devices to justify its outlandish prices.

Those are the most important announcements of WWDC 2017.

What remains unknown about HomePod is just how well Siri works within the speaker - it is still yet to be shown off within HomePod.

You get the point: if Siri can deepen its integration into the very best of the 2.2 million apps now available on the App Store, Siri might not have to be as smart as Cortana or Google Assistant. Other features include new phot-editing tools like curves, better filtering tools, an updated file management system, VR support, and a Metal 2 developer kit that can be ordered with an AMD GPD to tune apps for external graphics.

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Apple lovers already tend to be "premium product buyers", and may not flinch at paying more for what they believe is a superior quality product, said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. The HomePod is a rather sterile competitor; it doesn't have outside developers working way's to make better use of its abilities. It will not actually block ads, though. In addition to the usual software updates, Apple also introduced a slew of new hardware, including revamped MacBooks, a new iPad, refreshed iMacs, and last but not least, a monster of a machine Apple is calling the iMac Pro.

The Photos app is adding new filters, and Apple says it has improved the face detection feature.

Apple really wants to hold on to its professional users.

In the game of hide and seek with your voice data, the advantage - for now - goes to Apple. So far, the service has limited payments to purchases of products and services from companies and other organizations.

Apple is envisioning that iOS 11 will become the most dominant AR mobile platform beginning with the release of the OS later in the year.

Apple announces the rumoured iPad Pro for USD779 at WWDC 2017
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