Since launch, Sonos One and Sonos Beam have had AirPlay and Alexa support, leaving behind those who prefer Google Assistant. Sonos ensured most of its users it was AI agnostic, and wanted to let the user decide what ecosystem fit best into their lifestyle.
In November, Sonos began to make good on its promises to Assistant users by running a brief beta test of Google Assistant support for the Sonos One. At the time, Sonos only promised a 2019 release date for the final product. Now, Sonos One’s Assistant support is nearly ready. Google Assistant would be directly integrated into the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers, while older Wi-Fi-connected speakers without integrated microphones will receive a software update enabling them to be recognized by the Assistant, so you can tell your Google Home Mini to play music in the living room. Sonos’ seamless multi-room support should be a perfect match for the Google Assistant.
With Google Assistant built in, control your favorite music, podcasts and radio stations from all over your home without ever picking up your phone.
Home entertainment gets better
Listening to music and podcasts is one of the most popular ways people use the Google Assistant, so Google is bringing the Assistant to the Sonos One and Sonos Beam (earlier speaker models will be updated to work with the Assistant).
Play Music to Suit Your Mood—or Change It
Mood and music are inextricably linked. The science shows that music can improve your mood, and even help you be more productive. However you may be feeling at the moment, Google Assistant can queue up music to suit—or potentially change—your mood. Just say “Hey Google, play sad music,” or “Hey Google, play music for being romantic.” You can even combine moods, genres and scenarios by requesting things like “angry workout music” or “classical music for sleeping.”
Wake up the Right Way
Forget hitting snooze on your phone’s jarring beeps and chimes. Set an alarm with your Google Assistant and fill the room with the motivating sounds of your favorite music or podcast on Sonos. Say, “Hey Google, wake me up at 7 am to Grimes” and start your day off right.
Play the Song that Goes…
Sometimes you just can’t remember the name of an artist, song, or album. Sometimes you never knew it to begin with. Either way, your Google Assistant can help. Say “Hey Google, play the song that goes…” and recite the lyrics. You can also play an album based on a description of the cover art. For example, try “Hey Google, play the album with the naked baby in the pool.” Once it starts playing, you can ask for more information so you won’t draw a blank next time.
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Sonos is looking to scale up the beta test to thousands of homes in the weeks following CES and later it will decide on the final schedule for a public roll-out based on the results of that test.
— Update on 14th May —
A software update will roll out today in the US to the One and Beam speakers, adding built-in support for Google Assistant. Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, France, and Netherlands will get the update in July, while more countries will come 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 other third-party Assistant speakers), only works with one Google account(no multi-user yet but it should be coming later), and doesn’t offer grouping inside the Google Home app (use Sonos’ groups instead). Want to experience the Google Assistant on Sonos? You can join for The Brilliant Sound Experience, a multi-sensory, interactive installation in New York City, June 6-9, 2019 RSVP here.