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(Pocket-lint) - Apple has dropped the price of its larger HomePod smart speaker in the US and UK while there's now a smaller HomePod, too. The larger HomePod is no longer being produced by Apple but is still available from many vendors. 


The HomePod mini was long-rumoured and is available in the traditional HomePod colours of white and charcoal. Here are the latest deals on that: 


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The original HomePod's sound was well-received when it debuted in early 2018 - it's a formidable device for a living room or study - but its Siri integration is patchy while there are several key missing features like Bluetooth support for streaming from non-Apple devices.

Apple has, however, released several updates for the device like stereo-pairing and multiroom support in the AirPlay 2 update. Phone calls and multiple timers have also been introduced along the way.  

As we've said before on this site, while the HomePod might not have been a runaway success it still appears to have sold well - though Apple doesn't release precise figures. In late 2018 it was estimated that HomePod had a six percent slice of the smart speaker market and had sold well over a million units in the months after launch. 

Apple recently said it would be opening up the HomePod to rival music services such as Spotify, presumably in a move to head off competition concerns. 

Writing by Dan Grabham.