HomePod Update Intros Siri Shortcuts and More Languages
Apple today said a host of new features are coming to its HomePod in-home speaker. Once the new software is available, HomePod owners will be able to search for songs by the lyrics. HomePod will gain support for multiple timers. The update introduces new support for making and receiving phone calls. People will need to call someone from their contact list or speak the number. Incoming calls can be directed from the iPhone to the HomePod if owners wish. HomePod gains a Find My iPhone feature so users can ping their iPhone. The HomePod will support Siri shortcuts, which let people personalize a series of tasks that become accessible with a single command. For example, saying "Hey Siri, good morning" can initiate a routine that turns on the lights, lists the first few calendar appointments, and then reads the latest headlines. Last, HomePod gains support for Spanish and Canadian French. Apple says this update will be pushed to the HomePod beginning September 17.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Jun 5, 2017
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Apple's Delayed HomePod Speaker Reaches Stores Feb. 9
Jan 23, 2018
Apple today said its HomePod smart speaker for the home will go on sale starting February 9. Preorders will kick off Friday, January 26.
Apple Updates Shortcuts App for More Siri Interactions
Oct 30, 2018
Apple today pushed out a significant update to the Shortcuts app, which lets iOS device owners make more connections between Siri and actions. For example, new shortcuts let people ask for the current weather or the weather forecast, easily set alarms and timers, convert between a variety of units and measurements, as well as view the most recent batch of imported photos.
Ultimate Ears Adds Google Now and Siri to UE Boom 2 Speaker
Jun 21, 2016
Ultimate Ears' high-end Bluetooth speakers now allow Android and iPhone owners to use voice prompts to control their music. Ultimate Ears is rolling out a firmware update for the UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom that adds Google Now and Siri support.