In what seems like ages, Sonos is (finally) adding support for the Google Assistant on their smart speakers, the Sonos One and the Sonos Beam.
“We value freedom of choice, empowering listeners to choose what they want to listen to and how they want to control it. Adding voice, now with the Google Assistant, has made that control even easier,” said Patrick Spence, Sonos CEO. “We partnered with Google to build this integration from the ground up, layering in the best of the Google Assistant into the Sonos ecosystem of products and partners. Today we’re the first company to have two voice assistants working concurrently on the same system, a major milestone for the industry. We imagine a day where we’ll have multiple voice assistants operating concurrently on the same device.”
Google Assistant on Sonos smart speakers has features such as Continued Conversation, Broadcast mode and the ability to choose how the Google Assistant sounds (which is currently available in the US). One feature that is noticeably absent is multi-user support via Voice Match, which is prominently featured on Google Home speakers.
With the Google Assistant on Sonos, you also have the ability for the following:
- System control. Built on Sonos’ open platform of products and partners, listeners can start a song using AirPlay from Apple Music, ask the Google Assistant to go to the next track, and turn the volume down in the Sonos App. In addition, just one supported voice-enabled device allows for customers to request music or content to be played on other Sonos speakers in the system (Play:1, for example).
- Music, news, and radio. Request and control with voice from a growing list of streaming services, including: Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, TIDAL, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Deezer to start. Use voice to go to the next song, change the volume, or pause with all streaming services available on Sonos.
- Easy control for TV with Sonos Beam. Turn on the TV with the Google Assistant using Beam’s HDMI ARC connection and CEC, switch from TV to music, and adjust the volume. Add a Chromecast Ultra to get additional features with voice for TV, including requesting specific shows or movies from streaming services.
- Get answers, manage tasks and plans. Hear a daily brief, flight information or commute time, set alarms, timers, and pull up calendar appointments or get answers on weather, calculations, translations, sports, and more. This is all part of the Google ecosystem — ask Google Assistant for directions and have them sent directly to an Android phone.
- Connect with Smart Home. Ask the Google Assistant on Sonos to adjust the temperature or turn on the light. At this time, there are more than 200 million devices in homes globally that work with the Google Assistant now on Sonos.
Sonos also said that each of your speakers will have the ability to choose a voice assistant so you could have Alexa on your family room’s Sonos Beam while your Sonos One in the kitchen uses the Google Assistant.
The software update to add the Google Assistant is available now in the US via the Sonos app. The update will come to Canada, the UK, Germany, Australia, France and The Netherlands in July. More countries are set to follow in the coming months.