Sonos to roll out Google assistant compatibility for speakers later this year
Owners of Sonos WiFi-enabled speakers will be able to use Google Assistant to control music from July onwards.
The free update, which has gone live today in the United States, allows owners to use voice control to control music on services such as Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Pandora, and Deezer.
Apple Music and several other music streaming services have not yet been made compatible for this update, but playback voice commands like “play,” “pause,” and “next track” will still work if the music was initially turned on using the Sonos mobile app or via a Sonos-connected Alexa.
The Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers in the US now give people the option of using Google Assistant or Alexa as their preferred voice assistant.
In a letter to shareholders on May 9, 2019, Sonos revealed it will roll out the feature, starting with the U.S. market before expanding to others in 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,” Sonos said in the letter.
Using Google Assistant on a Sonos smart speaker will be just likee using Google Assistant on a Google speaker, like the Google Home or Home Mini.
Users will have to wait for updates that will enable calling, online purchases, voice match, interpreter mode, or setting routines in the Google Home app.