HomePod, the innovative wireless speaker from Apple with built-in Siri, is available starting today in Canada, France and Canada after making its initial debut in January 2018 in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
HomePod’s staggered release will see the $349 wireless speaker hitting the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia next month before arriving in France and Germany later this spring. Local pricing was unknown at post time.
Quietly announced two weeks ago following discussions with both the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office, Apple and Amazon have decided to end their deal which made Amazon-owned Audible an exclusive provider of audiobooks for iTunes.
According to a Reuters report Thursday, the move puts an end to antitrust complaints by the German government and is likely to boost competition.
The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003.
After making its U.S. debut last month, Amazon’s $9.99 per month music-streaming service is set to expand to the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria beginning Monday, announced the online retail giant. The service was live in the United Kingdom at post time, with roll-outs in Germany and Austria following later today.
Earlier this morning, rival Google released revamped Play Music apps with machine learning-driven recommendations based on user location, activity and time of day.
Apple Pay could launch in its fifth European country soon. As first discovered by German blog iPhone-ticker.de, Apple’s support document highlighting participating banks and card issuers for Apple Pay in Europe appears to have accidentally highlighted Germany on a world map, suggesting the next possible expansion for the iPhone-driven service.