The smart speaker industry debuted in 2014 with Amazon’s Echo. Essentially a speaker and a digital assistant in one device, the smart speaker uses Wi-Fi to connect to the internet. With a smart speaker, users can play streaming music, hear the weather, get the latest news reports, find out if their home teams won yesterday, control their smart home appliances, and much more. And these devices are now offered in a variety of styles and prices allowing just about every one to own one or more smart speakers in their home.
The HomePod mini gets an important new feature that Apple didn’t …