How to choose Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home


At the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple unveiled its Siri Speaker - the HomePod. It will be put on the market out this December in the US, UK and Australia and will cost a lofty $349. (UK and Australian prices weren't announced, but that converts to roughly £270 or AU$465.)

HomePod is an always-listening speaker that plays music, answers questions and controls your smart home, which performs like ike the Echo and the Google Home. The HomePod is being positioned as a speaker first and foremost, but make no mistake, it bears a lot in common with both the Echo and the Google Home.

To know the differences among the three, first you need to know some basic information about them.



The HomePod is a smart speaker created by Apple Inc., similar to the Amazon Echo and Google Home.[1] It was first announced on June 5, 2017 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. The HomePod is scheduled for release in December 2017, available in white and space gray.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo (shortened and referred to as Echo) is a smart speaker developed by The device consists of a 9.25 inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array. The device connects to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the name "Alexa". This "wake word" can be changed by the user to "Amazon", "Echo" or "Computer". The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.

Google Home

Amazon Echo

Google Home is a smart speaker developed by Google. It was announced in May 2016 and released in the United States in November 2016, with a release in the United Kingdom in April 2017, followed by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan in summer 2017.

Google Home enables users to speak voice commands to interact with services through the Home's intelligent personal assistant called Google Assistant.

Apple HomePod vs. Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

Apple HomePod Google Home Amazon Echo
US price $349 $129 $180
Responds to voice commands Yes Yes Yes
Always listening Yes Yes Yes
Wake word "Hey Siri" "OK Google," or "Hey Google" "Alexa," "Echo," "Amazon" or "Computer"
Music streaming options Apple Music (other options unknown) Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others
Smart home partnerships Will likely work with Apple's established HomeKit partners: Ecobee, Honeywell, Chamberlain, D-Link, August, Kwikset, Philips Hue, Lutron, iDevices and more Nest, Honeywell, SmartThings, Wink, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Lutron, August, Logitech Harmony, Anova, IFTTT and others Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Lutron, August, Logitech Harmony, Anova, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, Control4, Crestron, other devices via skills
Customizable appearance No Yes No
Output to stereo system Unknown Yes, via Chromecast Yes, via Bluetooth and Echo Dot
Synced audio playback to multiple devices Probably: Apple announced synced multiroom audio as a feature of iOS 11 Yes, to any Google Cast device No
Personal assistant highlights News briefings, language translation, weather, traffic info, set reminders, play podcasts Search Google, get a personalized daily briefing, check traffic, check your calendar, make a shopping list, check flight status, track a package Add items to calendar, get a news briefing, check traffic, check the weather, make a shopping list, make a to do list, set reminders, check flight status, track a package
Other features Send messages, plus we'll inevitably find out lots more in the months ahead Cast to your TV with Chromecast, launch and control YouTube or Netflix via Chromecast Order a pizza, play a game, arrange an Uber pickup. Echo has an ever-growing list of thousands of skills and counting

Neither the Amazon Echo or the Google Home fared particularly well on our sound tests during their reviews. Both devices sound fine for casually listening to music, but we heard distortion from both of them at high volume levels. Here's CNET editor Ty Pendlebury's sound quality breakdown of the two speakers for audiophiles. In short, if you're particular about fidelity, he doesn't recommend either.

Both the Echo and the Google Home provide means of connecting to your existing sound system. The $50 bite-sized Echo Dot plugs into your speakers. The regular Echo offers Bluetooth. The Google Home can cast audio to any Chromecast-enabled device or any speaker with a Chromecast streamer plugged into it.

Like the Echo and the Home, Apple's HomePod will offer lots of tools to help out around the house -- such as kitchen timers, reminders and calendar integration. Both the Echo and the Home are great personal assistants. Both are excellent smart home controllers. The HomePod is a late, expensive entry into an already heated battle between the Home and the Echo.

Hope every one choose a suitable one according to their need.

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