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Sonos announces the Sonos One, a self-contained, Alexa-connected speaker

Sonos announces the Sonos One, a self-contained, Alexa-connected speaker”

This is a fantastic way to start playing music, podcasts, audiobooks and more from more than 80 streaming services. "But so much of this great content is being pushed through smart speakers that aren't designed with sound quality in mind". That's a bummer, but Sonos did tell us that they may possibly add that feature later on in an update. Sonos One thus fits seamlessly into your home Sonos system and is created to unlock voice control for the entire Sonos home sound system. However, Spotify won't actually be controllable using voice commands at launch, according to The Verge. Sonos says there's no timeline for that available.

Users no longer need to remember the specific name of a smart device or group of smart devices to control them. It said it would support Apple's Airplay 2 by 2018, letting Apple device owners control their Sonos speakers using the built-in voice assistant Siri.

Amazon has announced three new Echo speakers at the company's event in Seattle.

Sonos' agnostic approach with web services doesn't stop at smart assistants.

Sonos has previously announced plans for Alexa control and integration, but today the company has gone one better. It's not clear whether the Google Assistant will come to existing devices, as the company has only mentioned Assistant support for the Sonos One starting next year. The range of products includes Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus smart speakers. A software update pushed to Sonos devices in the U.S., Germany, and the United Kingdom will allow the speakers to be controlled with Alexa.

Tens of thousands of developers are building skills for Alexa using the Alexa Skills Kit, and today there are over 25,000 third-party skills available for Alexa. This privacy awareness is also where the existing Sonos Play1 comes in, with some consumers still getting the choice of having a non-microphone enabled Sonos speaker to add to their existing setups.

Voice capture technology with echo cancelation allows the speaker to still hear you over the music. Unfortunately, getting it to work with all your favorite music services has thus far proven quite hard.

The announcement was made by Sonos senior director Mieko Kusano, who also noted that in addition to full home music, users can ask their speakers to play specific songs, but only in specific rooms.



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