Sonos, the leader in wireless multiroom lifestyle audio systems, today announced its all new smart speaker, the Sonos One ($199). This is the first speaker of its kind to not only support Amazon’s Alexa (when it ships on October 24) but also Google Assistant in an update coming next year.
Externally, the Sonos one looks a lot like the Play:1 that it presumably replaces. But thanks to the microphone array, it doesn’t need a separate device such as an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot to operate.
Sonos simultaneously announced that its existing devices will support control using Alexa voice command. So, whether you use an Amazon Echo device, or the new Sonos one, all of your existing Sonos speakers can benefit from the convenience of using a voice assistant to cue up some tunes.
The Sonos One draws content from more than 80 different streaming services. When it launches, Amazon Alexa control will be enabled for users in the US, UK and Germany. Full voice control support will exist for Amazon Music, iHeartradio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn. Support for the ultra popular Spotify app will come soon after launch, according to Sonos.
Alexa voice control functionality on the Sonos One will not be limited to music, it will offer full functionality for checking the weather, sitting timers, making lists, etc. And when Google Assistant comes to the platform, you’ll be able to tap into that company’s vast search database to answer questions, use its Play: Music service for streaming, as well as use Google Home for a variety of home automation related tasks. And any way you look at it, it’ll be pretty cool to be able to tap into the right assistant for the right task.