Amazon executive says he's open to Siri on Amazon Echo

Google is next, with about 24 percent.

So which one belongs in your home? However, the difference between HomePod and the rest seems to be in audio quality.

Apple's new HomePod speaker may be music to the ears of its loyal fans, but how much it can crank up volume in the smart speaker market remains to be heard. But at least in the home assistant space, some companies have become increasingly willing to partner with one another. The natural comparison here is to "smart speakers" like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. News. Sports. Weather. Traffic. With Apple TV in need of a decent streaming service and Amazon Prime on the hunt for a host for its popular service, the deal makes flawless sense for all involved.

While future versions of the HomePod may indeed place it more firmly in competition with other smart speakers, it's simply not the case now. Amazon is allowing Alexa to display visuals on the Echo Show, which is due out later this month. Siri also has a new screen in the Apple Watch which presents data and information that may echo earlier behavior at a similar time of day or the week. It will probably prove to be the second most-popular way for Amazon to insinuate itself into your living room. The Echo has never received high marks for its audio quality, with its single tweeter and subwoofer, while Sonos' lineup is the preferred multi-room setup for coastal liberal elites and company bathrooms everywhere. It is roughly double the cost of the Amazon Echo ($179.99). An unofficial count showed more than 14,000, spanning everything from playing ambient noises for sleeping, amusing you with cat trivia and ordering pizza, to calling a Lyft, getting a recipe and planning trips. Conversely, Google Home will trail far behind with just 23.8% of the market, per eMarketer.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled its long-rumored entry into the smart assistant speaker market on Monday. And you can soon find Siri inside a standalone speaker for the home.

Consumers can use voice control to search for music and, saying, "Hey Siri, I like this song", the platform will learn preferences.

Microsoft Invoke is that company's answer to the Echo, and will feature Cortana as the brains behind everything.

The move is the first into a completely new area by Apple for more than two years as the world's most valuable technology company looks to make up for a dip in iPhone sales and new ways to get customers to use more of its money-making apps and services.

The Invoke's big feature will be the ability to use Skype to make calls, which should appeal to those who work from home. Amazon and Alphabet aren't just going to buckle and bow out now just because Apple is here. And that could be very tough. When away from home, the HomePod is the ideal home hub, providing remote access and home automations through the Home app on the iPhone or iPad. Apple approaches voice interaction problems programmatically - Siri needs to be able to do X, so here are the ways you can tell it to do X. Google (and to a lesser extent Amazon) created a platform that actually understands context with machine learning. It'll act as a smart-home hub for smart-home hubs. Rubin wants the company's Essential Phone and home assistant device to work with all virtual assistant programs.

  • Arturo Norris