The smart speaker business is no longer dominated solely by Amazon Echo. With Google and Apple jumping on the bandwagon, it’s become more intense and going to get even stiffer. Apple’s much talked about the smart speaker, “HomePod” is priced at $349. If you don’t want to go for the expensive Siri powered speaker and are looking for a more affordable option that can work with your Apple products, check out the best Apple HomePod alternatives.
Currently, there aren’t too many alternatives as only a handful of major players are in the fray. But more companies are gearing up to brace up the demanding product sooner than later. Anyway, let’s head over to find out the most suitable smart speaker for your specific needs!
1. Google Home
Google Home is the best alternative to Apple’s HomePod. Powered by Google Assistant, it’s pretty smart and fully capable of living up to your task.
You can use the speaker to check weather updates, find out the latest news, get information on traffic, ask it to play your favorite songs and much more. The advanced speaker also has integrated support for home automation features allowing you to control smart home appliances. With the multi-user support, the speaker allows up to six people to engage with it.
You can send queries to your smartphone. The voice-activated speaker can also help you find your connected iPhone or Android device.
To set up and control your smart speaker, you need to use Google Home iOS app. The smart speaker comes in three variants: Google Home ($129), Google Home Mini ($49) and Max ($399).
Currently, it’s available in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan.
- Endowed with most competent voice assistant—Google Assistant
- Compact design
- Multi-user support
- Available in three variants
2. Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo is not only exceptionally versatile but also highly competent. Powered by Alexa, the smart speaker lets you carry out a number of functions like letting you stream music, set alarms, reminders, control home devices and more.
Now, it also allows hands-free calling and texting. You will be able to place free calls to any landline or mobile number in the US, Mexico, and Canada.
With the Echo Show, you can do video calls just like Skype or FaceTime. Thanks to the multi-room support, you will be able to group several Echo speakers to play music with more fun. If you have subscribed to Spotify premium member, you can also play your favorite songs and playlists on the Echo. What’s more, it can read your tweets or trend tweets from Twitter as well. The smart speaker is available in multiple variants including Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Echo Look, Echo Show and Echo Spot.
Amazon Echo (2nd generation) is priced at $99.99, Amazon Tap comes at $129.99, Echo Dot is priced at $49.99. Echo Show is available at $229.99, while Echo Spot comes at $129.99.
- Multi-room support
- Widest compatibility
- Hands-free calling and texting
- Available in multiple variants
3. Sonos One
If you are looking for a smart speaker with superior sound, Sonos One is the way to go. Currently, it works with Alexa (Amazon’s voice assistant). However, the voice-based speaker will also work with Google Assistant.
As for Design, Sonos One looks quite similar to Sonos Play:1 (16cm tall speaker). With the small footprint, it will ideally fit on a bookshelf or bedside table. The top panel features very responsive touch-sensitive controls. Just tap on it to change volume, play or pause. To change tracks, you just need to swipe.
It comes with an array of six microphones which use echo-cancellation technology to ensure Alexa can hear your call even when music is playing. Alexa functions as neatly on Amazon Echo as on Sonos One. With the use of the voice assistant, you can set alarms, adjust your thermostat, turn your lights off and on. You can also ask it to tell you bad jokes.
It can call up specific tracks and playlists too. What’s more, the Sonos One is equipped with full Alexa support with Amazon Music. It supports all the major streaming services including Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, TuneIn Radio and Amazon Music. To use them, all you need to do is set them up via the Sonos app, then use Alexa to control all of those services with basic commands like pausing and skipping tracks. Beyond the features, it comes at $199 and is available in two colors: black and white.
- Superior sound
- Works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- Well-built and sports compact design
- Supports all the major streaming services
- Array of six microphones
Buy it from Amazon
That’s all for now!
Best HomePod Alternatives
Is it time to let us know your favorite HomePod alternative? It’d be cool to know your pick.
With Samsung is also likely to jump into the fray as various reports suggesting that the South Korean tech giant is working on a smart speaker, the competition going to get even tougher. But the stiffer the competition is, the better it’s for end users.
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