The HomePod is Apple’s first smart speaker. As a speaker, it’s fantastic. As a container for Siri, the company’s digital personal assistant, it still has room to grow.
If you want to get a digital personal assistant in your car, there are ways. And Amazon’s aftermarket option has apparently proven very popular.
Amazon’s Alexa might have started off as a pipe dream, hoping to compete with Apple’s Siri and Google’s own efforts (which is now known as Assistant).
What happens when you don’t own an Amazon Alexa-equipped smart speaker, but, following a request for data, you get over a thousand recordings with the personal assistant? One Amazon customer in Germany got to find out.
The digital personal assistants out there are already pretty helpful, but the companies behind these services are always working to improve them.
Back in November, Amazon officially announced that support for Apple Music was coming to its Echo smart speaker lineup, with Alexa support in tow.
Apple’s first smart speaker, the HomePod, launched earlier this year with a price tag of $349. That wasn’t necessarily cheap, but it’s also not the most expensive option out there, either — especially for the quality of sound it produces.
In an announcement that’s going to surprise many, Amazon and Apple have tied hands to bring Apple Music to the former’s Echo devices. Starting mid-December, Amazon Echo devices will be able to stream songs from Apple Music.
If you haven’t opted to make the HomePod, Apple’s first smart speaker, your go-to option and instead have gone with options from Amazon, then you may be happy to know they are learning some more tricks this week.
There are a lot of smart speaker options out there, with the market getting even more crowded as the days go by. But one thing remains true even as 2018 starts to wind down: Amazon is leading the charge in the home.