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Special tone generated by the Apple HomePod helps the smart speaker pair with an iPhone

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The Apple HomePod will pair with an iPhone through the use of an audible tone

The Apple HomePod will pair with an iPhone through the use of an audible tone

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is going to launch in December. The smart speaker will be part of a tech category that has had quite a year. Besides the two most popular models, the Amazon Echo and Google Home, by the end of this year there will also be smart speakers from Microsoft (the Microsoft Invoke powered by Cortana), Sony (equipped with Google Assistant), and Apple's HomePod featuring Siri. Samsung also has a smart speaker on tap, possibly ready in 2018, and it will come with Bixby.

Apple's HomePod will feature an automatic pairing technology that will be based on a tone created by the HomePod and detected by a nearby iPhone. Last month (Wake up! It is now September) an iOS 11 beta version discovered that Siri will read out a four-digit authentication and pairing code, which is entered into the user's iPhone. What might happen here is that the HomePod tone triggers Siri into releasing the authentication and pairing code. Once you receive the code, it is entered into a nearby iPhone. Pairing is complete, no fuss, no muss.

"Your iPhone is listening to a tone from the HomePod. Make sure it is nearby and unobstructed."-Pop up message from the Apple HomePod

Each smart speaker is essentially made up of a speaker (duh!) and a virtual personal assistant. Users can enable and disable smart home based appliances, stream music from certain apps, receive weather forecasts, sports scores, stock prices and access other information. Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa is now branching out and is available on the HTC U11, the Motorola Moto X4 and the Huawei Mate 9.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 02 Sep 2017, 21:29 3

1. nikhil23 (Posts: 206; Member since: 07 Dec 2016)


aaand the pairing process be like "Give me more Money"...

...Apple device recognized. Pairing Successful

posted on 02 Sep 2017, 22:22

2. piyath (Posts: 1132; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


LOL... Stupid joke but funny

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 09:18 2

9. sgodsell (Posts: 5038; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I am curious as to how this sound pairing process will work if you have the TV or some music playing in the background? Or do you have to silence everything before pairing?

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 07:12 5

5. kiko007 (Posts: 5710; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Wrong platform, buddy.

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 07:24 4

6. cmdacos (Posts: 851; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


He's not wrong. All platforms exhibit the same.

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 08:25

7. bucky (Posts: 3178; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Uh huh.

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 09:48 1

12. trojan_horse (Posts: 5325; Member since: 06 May 2016)


You don't say! :))

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 08:38

8. cnour (Posts: 1647; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Note that this device is not running Android.

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 10:04

13. cnour (Posts: 1647; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Android=Lags everywhere

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 06:23 1

4. murali_v_2000 (Posts: 34; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Add 1 to the obligatory, useless feature article mentioning Apple product. Looks like someone needs to meet a goal to get paid...

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 10:04

14. Spyro (Posts: 333; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)


It's clickbait for fandroids. That's basically every article with the word "Apple" mentioned in this website.

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 11:15

15. imran86 (Posts: 185; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Stolen from $10 Chinese gadgets already a few years old.

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 10:27

16. CHP19 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Jun 2017)


So.... something Chromecast already had in 2014.

posted on 06 Sep 2017, 22:52

17. JoshN (Posts: 198; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)


Samsung have done this sort of thing forever using their amazing Smart Switch app ???

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