The hidden talent
Three big names in smart assistants, but only two on test...
Amazon’s aggressive licensing of Alexa means it’s made its way into a number of new devices recently, though not all of them offer the same full control or range of skills that Amazon’s own Echo range has. Bear that in mind when buying.
At press time, Google’s own devices are the only way to use the advanced smarts of Google Assistant at home, but there are more coming – the company opened the Assistant up to other companies in mid2017, so we’ll see more in 2018.
Apple’s been taking its time bringing a Siri-based smart home speaker to market; Homepod was originally slated for a winter 2017 release, but has been delayed until early 2018 for more refinement. It promises superior audio going up against some strong competition.