Love them or hate them, Apple does things right, and imitation is a great form of admiration. Samsung must admire the iPhone maker a lot. Besides the lawsuit filled history between the two electronic giants, it appears that Samsung has their cameras out again and are emulating Steve Jobs baby again.
Word came out in May that Samsung had technology for a self-driving car that they were testing, just like the rumors said Apple was doing. Now, there is something new in development from Samsung, following in their Cupertino, California rivals footsteps.
At the beginning of June, Apple released news of the HomePod, a speaker that brings Siri into a more home automation mode. Yes, one could say that Apple copied Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Home, but to be fair, Siri was adopted first through people’s iPhones or iPads, then Macs (both desktops and laptops.) Amazon may have developed a standalone device, but that does not mean Apple was not already trying to figure out exactly how they wanted to do it. Regardless, soon after the HomePod was announced, Samsung is working on their own home automation speaker powered by Bixby, just like Apple’s.
Samsungs project for a home automation speaker is called Vega, and there is no word at this time when it will be released or how much it will cost. Apple’s HomePod is expected to retail at $300, a hefty jump from Google’s and Amazon’s devices. Amazon is a great entry-level device with the Dot, and now has added a camera to help with fashion, and a LCD screen to make face to face calls.
To be fair to Samsung, and to give them the benefit of doubt, years ago they were supposed to be working on a device code-named Hive that would have been their first step into the home automation speaker market, but it was canceled over concerns around voice recognition, according to BGR.
The problem is, at least for Samsung, it looks to the public like they are just copying Apple, so why not go with the HomePod maker over the Galaxy S8 maker? Plus, this time around, unless HomePod blows away Alexa and Google Home, Apple might be pricing themselves out of the market even before HomePod comes out. May not be the best device to copy. And what about people who do not want products from Apple, Amazon, or Google? Where is the Microsoft Cortana home speaker?
What do you CDA fans think? Amazon, Google, Apple or Samsung for home automation? Apple has their home kit, and should work seamlessly through all the different operating systems from MacOS to iOS. So besides controlling a home with HomePod, using a Mac, or an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or AppleTV, home automation should be easy. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Cletus Dillwood
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