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HomePod Launching in China and Hong Kong on January 18

Apple today announced that its HomePod speaker launches in China and Hong Kong on Friday, January 18. It will be available for 2,799 yuan in China and HK$2,799 in Hong Kong from Apple.com, Apple Stores, and authorized resellers.


Apple had previously announced that the HomePod would launch in China and Hong Kong in early 2019 and now we know it will be later this week. Siri on the HomePod gained support for Cantonese and Mandarin in China and a Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong in a software update last month.

Apple's press release highlights how the HomePod can stream Apple Music genres such as Mandopop and Cantopop and other audio content from any AirPlay-supported apps, including QQ Music, DeDao, iHuman Story, Dragonfly FM, and Penguin FM in China, and Spotify, KKBOX, JOOX, and Podcast in Hong Kong.

Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller:
We're excited to bring HomePod to our customers in mainland China and Hong Kong markets. We can't wait for them to experience how great it sounds in their home, we think they are going to love it.
HomePod first launched in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia in February 2018, followed by Canada, France, and Germany in June 2018. And in October 2018, Apple made the speaker available in Spain and Mexico.

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9 months ago
Dumping HomePods on the Chinese because Americans don't want it .. nice
Rating: 27 Votes
9 months ago

They’ll be stunned at just how far Apple has come .... “That’s .....IT? A Bluetooth Speaker?” Ah yes. But a Bluetooth Speaker with an Apple logo AND double the price. Hello? Hello? Where they gone? :eek:


Bluetooth? It doesn’t even offer that feature. At the price they ask for it you’d think it would have a Bluetooth input option, but nope... nothing.
Rating: 25 Votes
9 months ago
All four people in China who want one already brought it somewhere else a year ago. Another four already bought the knock-off two years ago.
Rating: 17 Votes
9 months ago
They will sell in the tens of [S]millions [/S] tens. :p:D
Rating: 15 Votes
9 months ago

Are you suggesting that USA citizens are in any way superior to Chinese citizens?

If you leaped any further you’d be off the cliff.
Rating: 12 Votes
9 months ago
They’ll be stunned at just how far Apple has come .... “That’s .....IT? A Bluetooth Speaker?” Ah yes. But a Bluetooth Speaker with an Apple logo AND double the price. Hello? Hello? Where they gone? :eek:
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago

Does Siri on these support a mix of languages? When I use Siri on my iPhone, which has Siri set to norwegian and I tell her to play an american song title, where everything I say is in norwegian but the title, she never gets the song right.

I imagine thats gonna be a problem with these speakers as well

Hahaaha... i get you. Try to find American movie titles, songs, etc...
Same same here. What to do?
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About 1/3 of the American citizenry believe they are superior to any person not an American citizen.

Replace ‘American’ in your statement by any other nationality, and it still works.
It’s part of the human condition, you got to know that.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago

You do know that this connects via WiFi right?


Just because it connects via Wi-Fi doesn't mean it can't also offer a Bluetooth input option. Google, Amazon, Bose plus several other Wi-Fi connected speakers have a Bluetooth input option.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
“Hey Siri, tell me about Tiananmen Square”
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
Isn't that the flop of a speaker that launched almost a year ago? Thanks...
Rating: 6 Votes

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