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However, now they are saying it needs a little more time before it is consumer ready per a statement they recently made to TechCrunch. The much awaited smart speaker was originally set to be released in United States by December 2017, but will now be available in U.S., U.K. and Australia by early 2018.

The HomePod speaker is Apple's response to the already available selection of voice assistant devices, such as Amazon's Echo's and other speakers that support Alexa, Harman Kardon's Invoke speaker with Microsoft's Cortana built-in, and Google's Home speakers. According to Apple Inc.'s statement on Friday, the new product will not be launching during the festival season.

The Apple Homepod will be available in two colors: black and white. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service. Amazon's smart speakers have been quite popular since the release of the original Echo 2015.

Announced at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year, the cylindrical smart speaker features a seven-speaker array of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer and a six-microphone array.

While the speakers may be class apart, Apple may fall short of providing good assistance with Siri.

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Apple has had a history of winning the hearts of its customers by the sheer weight of its superior technology and value-for-money products in the past and one can expect the HomePod also to create similar ripples in the home speaker segment.

And at that the time, Apple had said it was planning to ship HomePod to the US, UK and Australia by December this year. Although developers can make apps for Siri and HomePod, they're now limited to building things like lists, notes, and messaging.

Note that the "early 2018" date is a somewhat ambiguous date.

A United Kingdom price for the device is still to be confirmed, but it will be priced at $349 in the U.S. - significantly higher than both the Echo and Google Home.

Google Home had sold 7 million devices, grabbing a 27 percent market share. The issue is not about the company missing out on the 2017 holiday sales with Apple HomePod.


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