We are entering the era of smart home technology making our lives almost effortless with providing a hands-free help from a digital assistant. With big names such as Apple, Google, and Amazon offering this technology, it’s important to know the key features each company’s device brings to the table.
Apple’s Home Pod (priced at $349.99) the biggest advantage is its powerful sound. Together with Apple Music and Sirithis speaker connects you to millions of song titles and albums with justyour voice. Although this device is small, it packs a big punch covering every inch of a room with rich sound. When you say “Hey Siri” advanced signal processing containing six microphones positioned around the Home Pod takes what you say and is sentanonymously to Apple servers without being tied to your Apple ID. Containing a A8 chip, this speaker has advanced signal processing, so Sirican hear you over the music. This speaker also allows you to connect two Home Pods together to play the same song for bigger sound.
Google’s Google Home Debuted November 2016 and has a planned new and improved model coming out November 2018. Priced at $129 this device connects your life with Google assistant. Directly connected to Google search engine, Google Home will answer questions with a simple “Hey Google”. You can also play songs from YouTube and google play, and with a powerful speaker built in meant to please those die-hard music fans. The Google Home connects to your Gmailand Google calendar to notifyyou when events are coming up and scheduling any new obligations you may want to add on a whim, while updating your shopping list upon request. Hands-free calling is a feature that most smart home devices contain, and the Google Home is not excluded.
Amazons echo (2nd Generation) beats all other smart home devices when it comes to color choice with 5 different neutral color choices. The Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set music alarms and timers, ask questions and control smart home devices. You can ask for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. Allowing you to connect to other echo devices, you can play different music in each device by give one command on a single echo device. Now with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Containing seven microphones and noise cancellation Echo hears you over any level of music. You can also ask Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports score. This device can even requestyou an UBER and order you a pizza.
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