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Sonos Launches Google Assistant Support for Its Entire Speaker Line-Up

Sonos Launches Google Assistant Support for Its Entire Speaker Line-Up

The new design features a transparent overlay that darkens the area at the bottom of the display.

Sonos has this week announced that in July, Australians with a select handful of speakers will receive a long-awaited update to activate Google Assistant as the default assistant on its speakers.

For example, Google annually announced an Assistant service named can really call up restaurants and make bookings for you.

In its current form, Google Assistant needs as much as 100GB of data in order to process and understand your commands, but Google's new work has managed to bring that model down to just 0.5GB.

Users who download the free software update can use it for a range of smart assistant functions, such as starting a song, queuing a TV show, checking the weather and controlling the smart home.

That's important, because your Sonos One or Sonos Beam may already be your Alexa smart speaker.

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In a letter to shareholders on May 9, 2019, Sonos revealed it will roll out the feature, starting with the USA market before expanding to others in the next few months. We imagine a day where we'll have multiple voice assistants operating concurrently on the same device, and we're committed to making that happen as soon as possible. And with this new addition, consumers will also have to make a choice: Each Sonos One or Beam can only have one default voice assistant, which has to be selected in the Sonos app.

Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers running Assistant will be able to handle third-party actions like music and smart home control as well as Google's top first-party actions like Continued Conversation and Broadcast mode. "Today we're the first company to have two voice assistants working concurrently on the same system, a major milestone for the industry", he said. This includes phone calls, contacts and other personalized features depending on voice match functionality now only available on Google's own smart speakers.

If you own a Sonos One or a Sonos Beam, it's about to be a lot more useful. It will also be able to answer user's questions up to 10 times quicker than the current Google Assistant and work even without data connectivity.

At launch, Google Assistant on the Sonos app can be used to control music on Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, TIDAL, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Deezer.

Sonos has always been known for offering a brilliant audio experience.


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