There’s a wide variety of smart speakers on the market today, but none are capable of matching the audio quality of the Apple or Sonos alternatives so far. According to Bloomberg, Amazon has been working hard to develop a loudspeaker that approaches the sound quality offered by the HomePod , integrating its virtual assistant Alexa.
We have said it, and we repeat it, the sound quality that the HomePod gives us is incredibly good even though it has the problem of having a voice assistant that has been left behind. By this we mean that Apple has the best speaker but the least intelligent one in our opinion at the moment.
Amazon wants to stand out in both voice assist and sound quality, and they have already taken small steps such as the Amazon Echo Plus that offers us a better sound but still without reaching the quality we have in the Apple and Sonos alternatives . We must remember that this Amazon Echo Plus can be found right now for only 149 Euros here, being a much more attractive price than the HomePod but without a doubt sacrificing the sound.
In the coming months we will surely be looking at a speaker that gives us great sound quality combined with a very intelligent voice assistant. Right now, Amazon has wanted to ‘hunt’ the user for the intelligence of his assistant but without focusing on the musical quality until now . It is possible that Google will also bet on a similar product in the future, something that will end up putting Apple on the ropes.
The HomePod stands out from the competition thanks to its sound quality but not because of the intelligence of its assistant, Siri. In the future if there are finally similar alternatives in both sound quality and intelligence Apple will have a severe problem although they are very long term ideas.