Google Assistant comes to Sonos speakers

Sonos Google Assistant

Audio Sonos’ long-promised support for Google Assistant is finally here Andy Meek @aemeek

As the first to bring multiple voice assistants to the same sound system, Sonos demonstrates the power of an open, multi-partner platform that prioritizes choice for customers.

Users can also check the weather, ask questions, listen to news updates, make calendar entries, and control Assistant enabled products like Chromecast and Google smart home devices.

All that being said, it's important to point out the Google Assistant-activating software update is only available in the USA starting now, heading for the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, France, and The Netherlands in July, followed by "additional countries" over the "coming months". 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.

As promised last week (not to mention back in January), the Sonos One wireless speaker and Sonos Beam soundbar are ready to double down on their voice-controlled functionality with a free software update enabling Google Assistant support.

Not just music and TV, Sonos will support the Google Assistant's top first party actions and features, including Continued Conversation, Broadcast mode, and the ability to choose a different voice for the assistant.

Sonos on Tuesday that it has begun rolling out Google Assistant across its product lineup.

For those of you in New York City in a few weeks, Sonos is planning a series of what it's describing as "multi-sensory installations" running June 7-9 that are created to show off what Sonos products can do thanks to the new Google Assistant support.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of features, but you'll be able to request and use your voice to control streaming services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Tidal, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Deezer. Turn on the TV with the Google Assistant using Beam's HDMI ARC connection and CEC, switch from TV to music, and adjust the volume.

Amazon Alexa has been available on both speakers out of the box, and the good news is that Assistant isn't replacing it.

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