HomePod adds calls, improved Siri, searches for text in the software update

By the end of the keynote Wednesday around the & # 39; Gather Round & # 39; Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced a number of updated features for HomePod, including improved Siri functionality – and they have now arrived.

Apple announced on Wednesday that it is adding a number of highly anticipated features to the HomePod wireless speaker, including the ability to search for songs by text, set multiple timers, make and receive phone calls and more.

"We have an update for the HomePod, our groundbreaking home speakers," said Tim Cook during the keynote. "We've recently added Stereopairs and AirPlay 2. So now, when you add a second HomePod to make a stereopair, this creates an incredibly wide immersive sound phase, you really have to hear this, it's really great.

"We have some other great features that we offer HomePod," Cook added. "On your HomePod you can search for your favorite songs by text, creating multiple timers, making and receiving calls, and just like your Apple you can ping your iPhone or one of your Apple devices to find them in your home."

In addition, Apple's popular Find My Phone feature can now be activated on HomePod with simple voice commands. HomePod has also added Siri Shortcuts and new Siri languages.

The HomePod, released earlier this year, now claims six percent of the global market for smart speakers, according to statistics released in August by Strategy Analytics, which estimated that Apple had delivered around 700,000 HomePods until that time. .

Apple has also announced that the HomePod will arrive in Mexico and Spain from October 26th.

HomePod still sells for $ 349.

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