[Update: Available today] Sonos will roll out Google Assistant to the One and Beam next week, 19 months after it first teased it

By geezywap at 2019-05-14 • 0 collector • 322 pageviews

In October of 2017, Sonos introduced the One speaker with Alexa built in, but it promised Assistant would be coming the next year. Most of 2018 came and went and it wasn't until November that users were able to sign up for a private and demanding beta to test the feature. Then at CES this year, Google teased Sonos compatibility again, but we still had no official date. Thanks to Sonos's second quarter financial report, we now have an official confirmation: Assistant will come to Sonos next week.

Sonos mentions that a software upgrade will come to the One and Beam in the US, while more markets will need to wait a bit longer for the feature. There's no mention of older models as Google said in its teaser at CES, so we don't know if they'll "work with the Assistant" (possibly in a similar manner to how Chromecast speakers do) or not. We hope to know more next week.

This quarter we would like to highlight the much-anticipated launch of the Google Assistant on Sonos. We’ve been working on this for quite a while and are thrilled to be rolling it out next week. Through a software upgrade, Sonos One and Beam will support the Google Assistant in the U.S., with more markets to come over the next few months. This feature will truly elevate the customer experience and marks the first time that consumers will be able to buy a single smart speaker and get to choose which voice assistant they want to use. We think giving consumers choice is always the right decision, and we anticipate this philosophy will be adopted in the industry over time.

With this update, the Sonos One and Beam will be some of the most platform-agnostic speakers. You'll be able to talk to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa straight through them, or set up Siri on your iPhone to control them.

Sonos has announced that a software update will roll out today in the US to the One and Beam speakers, adding built-in support for Google Assistant. The UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, France, and The Netherlands will get the update in July, while more countries will have to wait until later.

Having Assistant built-in means you can directly ask it questions on your existing Sonos speakers, or even ask another Google Home device to play music on the Sonos. There are a few limitations though: Assistant on Sonos doesn't support voice calls (like many third-party Assistant speakers), only works with one Google account so there's no multi-user yet but it should be coming later, and doesn't offer grouping or multi-room inside the Google Home app. You will need to use Sonos' groups instead.

Source: Sonos (PDF)

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