Sony to release Apple's HomePod clone

Sony has announced a slew of products over at IFA 2017, and probably the most interesting product from the company is the LF-S50G smart speaker (can't they have a better name?) that supports Google Assistant, it somehow resembles a little like Apple's Homepod speaker, and is better than the Google Home in some aspects.

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It's obvious that many will compare this to Apple's HomePod product, but it's not as if the HomePod had some innovative design or anything. Yes, the name is awful but the sound from this rectangular speaker with its aluminum base is impressive.

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Google Home: Google Home is a stylish little speaker powered by the search giant's Assistant software and its own considerable search resources. One of the first in line is Sony launching the LF-S50G wireless speaker. It too has built-in Google Assistant and so works nearly identically to Google Home. It has the same tube-like shape and looks similar from the top and sides. A silver base holds the power socket plays Bluetooth pairing button so that you can link the speaker to other Bluetooth speakers in the home and have the £150 LF-S50G become part of a multiroom setup.

A range of gesture controls also allow for stop and starting music and controlling volume, represented by a ring of LED lights around the top of the device. Skipping tracks is done by waving your palm left and right. This can be anything such as a connected speaker like the Google Home, or even just adding the functionality to the PC with a Chrome extension.

The difference is the 360 degree sound which is deeper, richer and just downright better. It packs all the features that one gets on Google Home.

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The market for smart speakers is booming, with new entrants like Apple, Samsung, and others. "And then we see things like weather, sport scores, home automation etc".

With smart speakers seemingly getting more expensive, Anker - a brand typically only found on Amazon in the United Kingdom - has taken a different tack.

It's good news for Amazon and Google, too.

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We saw the speaker in action at the IFA consumer electronics trade show but given it was a trade show with a lot of hustle and bustle, we couldn't tell how well the Sony LF-S50G performs in terms of sound quality.

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