I’d love to swap my Echo devices for HomePods, especially the new full-size ones, for privacy and HomeKit ecosystem reasons, but they’re not quite there for me. I can live with Siri being inferior to Alexa or Google Assistant for searches, but I need these:

  1. BBC radio apps (or native support) so I can say “Play Radio 4” or “Play 6 Music”. This is probably 80% of my use of the Echo in the kitchen.
  2. Full Spotify Connect so I can resume or control playback from my laptop or phone. AirPlaying audio means I need to keep the streaming device awake and in range.

I don’t need a fart app (my kids’ favourite) or the thousands of other Alexa Skills, just these basics.