Latest HomePod software update brings multi-user voice recognition support to India and other countries

Apple had added multi-user support to HomePod in 2019. The feature, as the name suggests, allows multiple users to interact with the smart device.

STRONG POINTS

  • HomePod 15.3 RC software is now available for beta users.
  • The new update includes support for multi-user voice recognition in India and Italy.
  • After launching the HomePod Mini in November last year, Apple introduced the device in different colors this year.

After the release of iOS 15.3 Release Candidate (RC), Apple has now released an RC update for HomePods. HomePod 15.3 RC software is now available for beta users. The new update comes with a host of upgrades. It now includes support for multi-user speech recognition in India and Italy.

As spotted by 9to5Mac, HomePod will now be supported for English (India) and Italian (Italy) languages. “Software version 15.3 adds Siri voice recognition support for up to six users in a home in English (India) and Italian (Italy). This update also includes performance and stability improvements , the patch note reads.

Notably, Apple added multi-user support to HomePod in 2019. The feature, as the name suggests, allows multiple users to interact with the smart device. When multi-user is enabled, Siri learns and recognizes the voices of different people in a room. Siri can then take over their requests and act accordingly. The multi-user feature lets up to six different people interact with Siri on HomePod and lets them access their playlists and more from HomePod devices. This is an interesting upgrade for users who have up to six members in a house. With this support, they can individually ask Siri to play the song of their choice and respond to other requests.

After launching the HomePod Mini in November last year, Apple introduced the device in different colors this year. The HomePod mini is now available in white, dark gray, blue, yellow or orange. In India, the smart speaker costs Rs 9990. The HomePod mini works with Apple Music and other Apple services including Apple Podcasts. It also supports other music streaming ads like Jio Saavn, Gaana, etc. The smart speaker offers 360-degree sound output and stands 3.3 inches tall. The device clashes with Amazon Echo smart speakers, primarily the Amazon Echo 4th Gen.

We at India Today Tech had the opportunity to review the HomePod mini and here’s what we thought of the device: In terms of value proposition, little changes with the 2021 HomePod Mini. If you’re investing in Apple devices, a HomePod Mini is a useful companion. Its sound quality is above average and its design is fantastic. Now in three bright colors it looks stunning. When paired with another Mini, this little speaker makes for a very capable stereo sound system. And it can even double as a TV soundbar if you already have Apple TV. So the HomePod Mini has a lot of value. But not as much as the value offered by something like Google Nest Audio or Amazon Echo. In other words, get it because of how cool it looks and works well with other Apple devices and services. Don’t get it if you’re just looking to buy a smart speaker.

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