Content by: Medium
Last night, almost like an assassin, Apple dropped the HomePod in India for a cool price of Rs 19,900. There was no noise about it and with good reason, as the HomePod has been somewhat of an orphaned child amongst Apple’s galaxy of gadgets. It is the one product that’s sold in the least number of markets because of its dependence on Apple’s local customisation of services and well, Siri. However, after using the Siri enabled HomePod for more than two years I’d beg to differ. Most people have always looked at the HomePod as a rival to Amazon’s Echo or the Google Home. It is a different creature altogether. It is more about the sound than the smarts. It is an appliance that sits in either your bedroom or living room, but it doesn’t gawk or snoop on your conversations but is more a sound system and a hub that connects everything smart in your household through HomeKit.
And then there is the stuff with Siri which is an added benefit. It supports the hey Siri hot word and can control pretty much everything you’d expect it to, but it doesn’t do the cool stuff like allowing you to book an Uber or order food via Zomato — that’s the type of smarts you expect from Amazon’s Echo or the Google Home.
Words by Sahil Mohan Gupta
Originally published at https://warpcore.live on January 29, 2020.