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. It promised support down the road.
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, you’ll be able to 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).
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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.