How new smart speakers from Apple, Amazon, Google stack up

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The HomePod mini, introduced Tuesday at Apple’s tech tournament, is the latest sensible speaker available in the market. It joins refreshed fashions from the contest, Amazon and Google; the audio system all function glossy new properties and mean you can play song, ask questions, and keep watch over your sensible house and different units. Like the ones from Amazon and Google, Apple’s newest instrument prices round $100.

So, what is other in regards to the 3 new audio system? This is the newest on which you should utilize for your entire Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant wishes.

Apple’s HomePod mini ($99)

It's a small speaker.

It is a small speaker.

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It wasn’t simply iPhones at Tuesday’s Apple tournament. Apple’s sensible speaker, HomePod, went small with a “mini” model that still reduced in size its value. At slightly below $100, it’ll run you a fragment of the HomePod’s $349 release value (which was once ultimately dropped to $299).

With an Apple processor and a 360-degree audio revel in, the instrument will play Apple Track (and different apps like Pandora and Amazon Track, however now not Spotify) and use Siri to keep watch over your attached telephones and different sensible house controls. There is a new “Intercom” function that may attach the mini to the HomePods, Apple Watches, iPads, AirPods, and iPhones in your home, so you’ll ping your kids or others. You’ll additionally attach the mini to CarPlay on your automobile. 

The mini is to be had for pre-order beginning Nov. 6, however may not arrive till Nov. 16. To this point, Apple hasn’t shared the entire specifications at the new, smaller units, however we do know a couple of main points.

  • The unique HomePod was once hefty at five.five kilos and beautiful giant at 6.eight inches tall, however the mini is simplest three.three inches tall. 

  • 4 microphones select up your voice, even if song or different audio is enjoying

  • It is just to be had in two colours: white or House Grey

The Nest Audio has a new vibe.

The Nest Audio has a brand new vibe.

Google’s sensible speaker was once all the time referred to as the Google House — till not too long ago, when the Nest Audio arrived. The brand new glance is much less oblong and extra fashionable, however acquainted. It nonetheless has contact controls on its floor to show it on and keep watch over quantity. Plus, it is less expensive than its larger predecessor. Google is attempting to play up the audio high quality, however the Nest Audio remains to be a fundamental speaker, higher provided for sensible house instructions with Google Assistant than fine quality listening periods. 

The Nest Audio is to be had to reserve on-line (and qualifies without spending a dime transport).

  • For audiophiles: It has a 75 mm woofer and 19 mm tweeter

  • It is about two occasions heavier than the unique House at 2.65 kilos

  • It is available in a number of colours: Chalk, Charcoal, Sage, Sand, and Sky

  • It isn’t water-resistant, so stay it clear of the splash zone

Everyone is going spherical these days.

Everybody goes round at the moment.

Final month we were given the primary have a look at Amazon’s Echo orb, a brand new design for the corporate’s flagship sensible speaker. The brand new Alexa instrument is extra compact and quicker, with a brand new processor, so Alexa will react extra briefly for your instructions. Amazon additionally claims it has an progressed audio revel in.

Just like the HomePod mini, the brand new Echo is not to be had till later this month, however you’ll pre-order it on-line.

  • Audio apparatus features a 76.2 mm woofer and two 20 mm tweeters

  • Colour possible choices are extra restricted than the Nest Audio with simply Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue

  • It is any other light-weight choice at 2.1375 kilos

  • Earlier Echo units have not been water-resistant, so do not be expecting this one to be

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