5 best Apple HomePod features

Back in June 2016, Apple made waves by announcing HomePod, the company’s first smart speaker. The HomePod marks Apple’s first step into the smart speaker market where Amazon and Google now dominate. Apple’s smart speaker has its own features and skills that help it stand out on the market. With that in mind, we have complied a list of the best Apple HomePod features.

For some background, the HomePod is now available in the US, UK, and Australia. We are expecting a wider rollout of the speaker this year. Tech experts say that Apple is planning to launch a cheaper HomePod in emerging markets this year.

  1. Name your tune using Siri

The HomePod offers amazing audio quality, thus serving as a great tool for enjoying your music tracks. The coolest part is that the smart speaker comes with Apple’s virtual helper, Siri to offer an exception music experience. This means that you can ask Siri to play music, album or search for your favorite artists.

However, keep in mind that Siri only works with Apple Music-enabled devices, meaning that you cannot play or pause your music in Spotify with Siri. Rumors say that Apple might expand Siri voice command to other music streaming services out there.

  1. Third-party music apps

There are tons of music apps out there like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Play Music. In reality, you cannot play Spotify or Pandora music with your smart speaker, but you can stream your music from iOS devices or Macs to the HomePod. This means that your HomePod acts as the output.

Some recent reports claim that Apple is working on the ability to control non-Apple Music devices using Siri. The feature might hit upcoming HomePod software updates, so let’s wait and see.

  1. Smart Siri

Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri is getting better every year it releases new software updates. The HomePod is powered by Siri, meaning that you can use voice commands to control your music and HomeKit-enabled devices.

One of the best things when it comes to Siri is that she can hear your voice clearly even when the HomePod is playing music very loud. All you need to do is to say “Hey, Siri + command.”

  1. Control smart home using HomePod

Like Google Home and Amazon Echo, the HomePod allows you to control your HomeKit-enabled devices, like light bulbs, cameras, thermostats and even more. However, one major drawback is that you only can control home devices that work with Apple’s HomeKit platform. There is no word that Apple will expand the HomePod support to other devices.

  1. Send text messages and receive phone calls

One of the highlights of the HomePod lies in the ability to send text messages and receive phone calls. To send a message, you simply say: “Hey, Siri, send a message to Paul.” Once you receive a phone call on your iPhone, you can transfer it to your HomePod and use it as an exterior speaker.

Also read: How to boost your iPhone’s speaker volume

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