Sonos Leaps Into The World Of Smart Speakers With 'Sonos One'

Sonos Leaps Into The World Of Smart Speakers With 'Sonos One'”

Sonos has introduced its first speaker with built-in Alexa voice control at a launch event in NY today.

The $199 Sonos One is voice controlled and works with 80 streaming services.

Sonos One will retail for $199 United States dollars.

And Amazon, who powers Alexa, says their assistant is always getting smarter through cloud updates so expect the Sonos One to do more in the future. It can also be used with Sonos' other speakers for multi-room sound. And the company announced that Pandora and Tidal users will now be able to play music directly out of those service's apps on their Sonos speakers, without the need for the Sonos app. Called the Sonos One, the upcoming smart speaker will arrive on October 24 for $199.

All that's needed is any Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot and the Sonos skill for Alexa. The company first said that it was working on bringing voice control to its speakers in August, and the move came on the heels of Sonos reportedly laying off staff and refocusing its efforts on software improvements.

The Sonos One is the result of a newly agreed long-term partnership between Amazon and Sonos that will see the company add new features that will exclusively work on Sonos' own products. Apple AirPlay 2 support, meanwhile, will also arrive next year, making it possible to play sound from an iOS device on Sonos speakers and use Siri to control music. So long as you live in the UK, US or Germany and are signed up to the beta, you'll be able to install the update today. Alexa is capable of answering questions, playing music, read the news, set timers and alarms, check the calendar, provide sports scores, control lights at home, and much more.

Voice capture technology with echo cancelation allows the speaker to still hear you over the music.

The company also unveiled their new Sonos One speaker which comes with Alexa support out of the box. In the meantime, users can still play Spotify songs and playlist using the Sonos app or the Spotify app on their smartphones. Unfortunately, getting it to work with all your favorite music services has thus far proven quite hard.

Gadget Sync API allows you to synchronize the actions of your Alexa Gadget to sounds from Amazon Music and Alexa's responses coming from an Echo device in real-time.

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