After delaying a promised 2018 arrival(while using a beta as alleviation), Google Assistant is finally arriving on choose Sonos speakers. Not an earth-shattering little news, however certainly a nice little totally free software application upgrade for those who currently own a Sonos One speaker or Sonos Beam soundbar.
It’s an equally helpful deal for all celebrations. The addition of another assistant on top of Alexa lets Sonos accept the growing wise house space without picking sides. For Google, meanwhile, it means getting its smarts on some decent house audio devices beyond the Home Max speaker it doesn’t talk much about nowadays.
Initially available just in the U.S., users who download the update can use it for your basic variety of wise assistant functions, including music playback, weather and smart house controls, using the speakers’ built-in mic selection.
Sonos is clearly enjoying the ability to play both sides here. As it notes in a news release, the hashtag Sonos life implies never ever having to settle for one:
The Google Assistant is Sonos’ second built-in voice assistant. Clients on Sonos will have the ability to select an assistant for each private speaker, with multiple voice assistants on a single system. With the Google Assistant on Beam in the living space and Alexa on the Sonos One in the kitchen area, start a song with the Google Assistant, ask Alexa what’s playing, and vice versa.
The function will begin rolling out in other countries– consisting of the U.K., Germany, Canada, Australia, France and The Netherlands– in July, with more coming later in the year.