Took them a while, but Sonos, at long last, has announced its entry into the dynamically rapid smart speaker space. Sonos One, is here as the first voice controlled speaker to support two voice services.
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The $199 speaker is set to launch on October 24 with Alexa support, and the company will integrate the Google Assistant in 2018. In addition to that, the smart device will also provide access to 49 streaming services, with full Alexa voice support for a number of providers.
Namely, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn — basically all the big names. The only miss here is Spotify, voice control support for which, Sonos says, will come soon after launch of the smart speaker.
This is what the recently appointed Sonos CEO Patrick Spence had to say here:
“We live in a golden age of streaming entertainment. But so much of this great content is being pushed through smart speakers that aren’t designed with sound quality in mind. With our open approach to collaboration, agnostic approach to voice services, the strength of our many innovative partners, and a sound platform designed for the whole home, we’re helping people listen more and listen better.”
Along with being able to command their music playback, and get sports, weather, news and traffic updates using either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, Sonos users will also be able to directly control their systems through the abovementioned music apps and services.
You can find out more information about Sonos One on the company’s official website.