The Apple HomePod is arriving February 9, and preorders open Friday.
Apple announced the Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor will be released early next month and will be available to order for $349 January 26 in the US, UK, and Australia, and will be available in both white and space gray. The device will come to France and Germany this spring.
The device will use Siri to parse voice commands to send messages, set timers, play podcasts, and check news, sports, traffic, weather. It also sports compatibility with many HomeKit smart home accessories. The HomePod also works with Apple Music, and through SiriKit, a host of third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp.