With Amazon, Google, and Apple all having smart speakers now, it was inevitable that the multi-room streaming specialist Sonos would enter the market.
The Sonos One is essentially a Sonos Play 1 but with Amazon’s Alexa assistant built in. In 2018, Sonos says it will support Google’s Assistant, too.
Available for pre-order now and priced at £199 it is only £20 more expensive than the original Play 1 and with the added smart features it is the logical choice over the 2. As a personal user of the Play 1 I can vouch for it, it is far from audiophile quality, but it is a great speaker for my kitchen, and far outperforms my Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
For users like myself that already have Sonos devices, you will be glad to hear that Sonos is finally rolling out the software updates that will seamlessly integrate its existing speakers with Amazon’s Echo.
Along with the smart speaker launch, Sonos has announced compatibility with new devices, finally opening up their closed doors. Sonos has a new “works with Sonos” badge, and today it announced partners like Logitech, Samsung SmartThings, and HDL. Presumably, an increasing number of gadgets will sync up with Sonos’ speakers. The company is also adding full support for Apple’s Airplay 2 protocol eventually, in 2018.
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