Sony to release Apple's HomePod clone

A new breed of audio is making waves in consumer tech.

Sony originally planned to make a smart speaker equipped with a proprietary conversational AI developed through a subsidiary. Not simply Sony but rather different organizations have been building up their own savvy speaker, for example, Facebook is chipping away at a smart speaker with 15-inch Touch show. The company announced a ton of new products at IFA, including Google Assistant-powered speakers, fully wireless earbuds, a boombox that lasts for 24 hours, and more.

Smart home speakers are the next big thing in the tech world, and nearly all major names have come up with their own or are working on one.

What gives Sony's speaker an edge over the Google Home is the inclusion of gesture controls. And competition from heavyweight rivals is on the horizon. In comparison, the HomePod costs $350 and won't start shipping until December. The brilliant speaker may enable users to send messages from the speaker with the assistance of a voice-managed instant messages highlight. The speaker which will come with a $199 price tag boasts of high-quality sound.

Sonos might be coming late to the smart speaker party, but it appears to be coming in style. But it could go even further. The speaker clearly detected when I wanted to skip tracks, was able to differentiate between skipping forward and backward from the direction of my hand movements. Find out how other Sonos speakers fare in our tests. The higher that second number, the better protected from water a device is.

Browse all our wireless and Bluetooth speaker reviews. Unlike Apple's AirPods, Sony's earbuds can't be tracked, so you will have to a buy a new set if you lose them. Of course, the LF-S50G also works with other Wi-Fi-connected devices that support Google Assistant integration. Both Japanese brands confirmed that their products will be integrating Google's virtual personal assistant. On the frontside, there's a digital clock display, a splash-proof design that's flawless for the kitchen, and a 360° speaker system. Its cylindrical shape follows the current trend created to deliver sound in all directions.

The LF-S50G (really rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?) is a cylinder wrapped in mesh, above a metal base. Take a look at all our Sony speaker reviews to see how individual models fare in our tests. Banking on the technology of Google's voice assistant, the entry of two giant names will definitely bring rapid growth to the market. That driver is augmented by a dedicated subwoofer firing down into the same diffuser to reproduce bass frequencies. We presume it will go on sale shortly after.

Also announced this week at IFA, Harman Kardon is another audio specialist getting in on the act. It certainly is positioning the speaker in the right place focusing on sound quality to differentiate against the competitors, but might be a little bit pricey for most. Once it arrives in shops in the winter, we'll put it through its paces in the Which? It looks like just another 360-degree wireless speaker but having Google Assistant built-in makes it a more powerful choice.

Users will need to say, "OK, Google", to trigger the speaker.


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