Apple introduces new features for Amazon Echo & Google Home rival, Homepod
Apart from the iPhone Xs and iPhone XR launches, Apple not just unveiled its Watch Series 4 but also announced a small upgrade to its smart speaker, HomePod. The Siri-based speaker comes with support for new Siri languages as well.
You will soon be able to search for songs easily on Homepod in addition to setting up multiple timers, make and receive phone calls among other functions. All these will be coming as a part of a free software update. The new Siri Spanish language support coming to HomePod for Spain, US, Spain, Mexico and Canadian French for Canada.
It is now possible to search for songs by speaking the lyrics. All you need to say is “play the song that goes like this…”. This is comes in addition to the ability to ask Siri to play any song across different genres. In order to make a call, one can ask Siri to simply call someone from Contacts or say the number to call. You can also ask Siri to answer calls for you and check on missed calls as well by simply asking “Hey Siri, who just called?”
Apple has also brought the ‘Find My iPhone’ functionality on board, something which was limited to Apple Watch devices previously. In addition, HomePod will be able to access Siri ‘Shortcuts’. One can personalise ‘Shortcuts’ for HomePod using the Shortcuts app.
Apple HomePod were announced back in June last year during WWDC 2017 and went on sale after months of delays in select countries. The speaker is yet to reach the Indian shores. It has a seven array tweeter with individual drivers placed at the bottom, along with precision acoustic horns. On top is a woofer, which along with the tweeters, is claimed to deliver distortion-free music. The device includes features such as real-time acoustic modelling and multi-chain echo cancellation, among others.