Thursday in CE: Poor HomePod Sales May Force Lower-Price Version
Despite a universally positive sonic presence, the HomePod is stumbling into 2018 with lackluster sales underscoring a long list of fundamental problems.
The editors at Dealerscope have been pushing that message for a while. Barring its excellent sound reproduction, the HomePod is fundamentally good at being an accessory to the iPhone. Which is fine, if you are in the Apple ecosystem. But its Alexa and Google Home that end up having more functionality and raw potential to be useful as a digital assistant.
And it doesn't help that Apple's $349 price tag is attached to their only model available, making it the second most expensive of speaker from the big three, navigating under Google Max's $399 premium price tag.