Amazon executive hopeful Siri and Alexa will communicate with each other

Amazon executive hopeful Siri and Alexa will communicate with each other

Apple announced its new HomePod device at the WWDC a couple of days ago and sent shivers through the market of virtual home assistants and audio speakers. The HomePod is expected to provide not only spectacular sound capabilities, but will also benefit from Siri integration, making for quite a hot piece of home tech. The unit is set to slam-enter the smart device niche and offer customers intelligent access to music, as well as top-notch playback capabilities. Amazon’s Alexa-running devices, such as the Echo and the Echo Dot, may face solid competition from Apple’s new gadget in the Christmas run-up this year, with Cupertino launching the device in December. 

However, a recent statement from an Amazon exec holds that the HomePod is not such a big threat to the Echo family, as the products are ‘different philosophically’ and should appeal to different tastes and needs. David Limp, Amazon’s Senior VP of devices and the person in charge of Alexa and the Echos, also said that he would like to see Siri and Alexa ‘talk to each other’ and cooperate. Nonetheless, he was realistic to note that chances Apple would consider deeper integration with Alexa are quite slim.


Mr Limp said that HomePod’s ‘premium’ price tag of $349, compared to Echo’s $179 and Echo Dot’s $49, also meant that Apple’s speaker would not disturb Amazon’s sales greatly. Besides, we will have to wait and see how the public will receive the upcoming Echo Show that will go on sale June 28th. Echo Show will sport a screen and rich video integration, allowing you to receive Alexa answers or other content directly on an inbuilt screen.

We doubt that folks at Amazon are too concerned about Siri taking over Alexa in the home assistant department in the foreseeable future. The second already benefits from more than 13,000 downloadable skills and has been on the market since 2014. Even though we do expect that Siri would integrate with Apple’s HomeKit units and allow you to control everything by voice through the HomePod, we can’t be sure whether it will perform better than Amazon’s Alexa in different tasks.

Hopefully, as per Mr Limp’s words, Cupertino’s creation would not go directly head-to-head with the Echo line, but will rather cooperate with it, for the benefit of customers. The Echos are quite functional and affordable, and are already established in the market as top-selling products. Being able to pair them with Apple’s HomePod, rather than skipping on one for the other, would certainly appeal to many of us. Whether this can turn into reality is something that we’ll just have to wait out and see.


Source: USA Today via 9To5Mac

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26 Comments

1. NoAllegiance unregistered

I was flabbergasted when the guy on stage talking about the HomePod was pushing the idea of having two in your room. I know they are primarily speakers but, really?

3. peace247 unregistered

I don't understand the concept of these speakers....these are not your Google home/alexa smart kind of speakers. This is just a normal bluetooth $350 speaker with s**tty siri that too very basic. Wouldn't it be rather wise to spend on Alexa/Google home and rest on a dedicated 2.1 speakers?

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It has siri. So it's a smart speaker, not a simple bluetooth one. Did you even read the article?? And the quality of sound of the Homepod is MUCH better than any Alexa, according to all reviewers that I have seen.

17. Carlitos

Posts: 628; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

but siri isnt really smart. So not really a smart speaker

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Tryhard troll......... replied to no.17

23. amstarred

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

But the product is not yet out.. have you watched any review video of homepod

25. izim1

Posts: 1586; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Siris been around a while. I think every single review of it makes it clear that it's still behind alexa and GA ....

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

These are speakers first and competing more with Sonia, not a $40 Alexa in a can device. If you look at a lot of Bluetooth speakers, they can link together. You can have on in the living room and one in another room. When you have people over, you can link them together. Think a little my friend!

2. aegislash

Posts: 1430; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Jeff Bezos probably sh*t himself when Apple's HomePod was revealed, because he knows that in a few months time, Apple will also be dominating the smart home speaker market. Let's be real here...it happened with mp3 players, tablets, and smartwatches. Apple entered the scene and became the overall sales champ in all of those categories. It's only a matter of time now before they do the same with smart home speakers.

4. peace247 unregistered

Unfortunately what you are saying is true.... The worst part is that majority of people who buy apple never buys it for their technology advantage but for their status advantage. Don't mind my english. But i welcome any correction.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You nailed it bud...no corrections needed.

9. peace247 unregistered

Haha you're too kind.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 6655; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Aegislash, let's get real. The iPod was different. This homepod is not needed by anyone. It's not a necessity by any means, especially when it's using Siri as it's intelligence center. The worst of the AI's that are currently on the market. Great audio is nice and all. However if that is your main concern, then there is already gone of Bluetooth speakers on the market with great audio. You could buy a cheap Echo Dot and connect it to speakers like Apple's own beats pill and still save a ton of money. You could do the same with Googles home. If your a DIY kind of person then you can buy a Raspberry PI for $10 with Bluetooth and WiFi and install an Alexa or Google Assistant image on a micro SD card and have a much better and smarter AI at a fraction of the cost, plus the great audio.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Sgodsell, think once before you write. You are no one to decide if the HomePod is needed by anyone. Everyone has their own needs; their own opinions. And writing a biography won't save Apple from selling tons of the product. So stop wasting your time on trying to convince people that HomePod is a loser. Because it's not. And Apple is not a troll like you when it's trying to convince people that the HomePod has exceptional sound quality. Many reviewers have agreed on that too.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Replied to no. 4 The Homepod may have a technology advantage too. Only full reviews will tell. The sound quality is already top-notch, so there's that.

16. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

in what country do people buy apple because of status?

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

If the HomeHub is compatible with Android it might do very well...otherwise it will only appeal to you apple lovers - hence the inflated price (if the whole globe could use it they could easily make it more affordable).

10. izim1

Posts: 1586; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Yeah, like their maps, and airport bases, and you get the picture. Everyone listens to music, and apple with the ipod were revolutionary at a time when most were still hauling around portable CD players that skipped... This isnt. Only apple fanatics are buying this. Siri is the 3rd best AI behind Alexa and GA and just barely above cortana. This speaker offers nothing you cant get with a better and cheaper set up.

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It offers better-than-alexa sound quality and volume, izim

26. izim1

Posts: 1586; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

No it doesnt, amash. Siri is behind alexa. Sound quality, you dont know since it's not out yet, but i can guarantee you it wont sound better than my $50 dot connected to my 9.2 home theater....

5. Foxgabanna

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I dont care what anybody says. The Homepod looks Lit AF

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3781; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It should look Lit AF. It's a design borrow from Whyd.

21. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, it's a white or black cylinder with a mesh around it.

6. Foxgabanna

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I'll buy one because for what your getting is not only a kick butt sound system, you are getting Siri intigration and the whole apple ecosystem. That works great for me as I have mostly apple products and a random S8+ and we can get alot of things done around the house!

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's great.

24. cmdacos

Posts: 3781; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Never seen someone so happy to use Siri. Interesting dynamic to this...

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