Apple HomePod Only Works with iOS Devices
Apple has revealed one slightly disappointing aspect of its HomePod smart speaker. Apple has revealed that the device requires an iOS device to function properly. It does have the hardware to support Blue Tooth streaming, but it can only access third-party software through Apple’s AirPlay service. That means that even if you’re using Apple Music as your streaming service an Android smartphone still won’t work.
Beyond that, you’ll need a device capable of running iOS 11 in order to set up the HomePod. Once the device is set up, you will be able to use it on devices running older versions of iOS. However, third-party apps such as Spotify will not feature support for Siri’s voice commands.
Overall, it is starting to look like the HomePod will be handicapped as it enters a rather crowded market. It is particularly pressured by the Sonos One speaker which allows you to stream music from any source you wish. Beyond that, the Sonos One recently unveiled a deal where customers can buy two Sonos speakers for the price of a single Apple HomePod.
— Sonos (@Sonos) January 26, 2018
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