As major tech brands like Google, Amazon, and Apple continue to duke it out with smart home speakers, those original speaker manufacturers have to ensure that they are not left behind by adapting to the new technology.
Google may unveil the product on October 4, which the same time as launch of the new Pixel phones, but there has not been enough evidence in the form of confirmation from the company to support the same. Next year, the company says it will add Google Assistant to the Sonos platform as well. In the meantime, users can still play Spotify songs and playlist using the Sonos app or the Spotify app on their smartphones. They can also use Alexa (and later Google Assistant) to carry out other tasks such as reading the news, providing a weather forecast, or dimming the lights.
Sonos also confirmed that its wireless speakers will be controlled by any Siri device like the iPhone and iPad thanks to AirPlay 2 support. Well, the day is finally here, and its fruition is the Sonos One, a $199 smart version of Sonos's existing Play:1 speaker.
Sonos is working to make its speakers work with smart-home hardware, and has partnered with companies such as Logitech and Samsung. This function will come to Australian owners of the Sonos One when Amazon launch Alexa services here in Australia by means of a firmware update which will happen quietly in the background. The Sonos One boasts a six microphone array to enable users to control their Sonos system.
According to the announcement, the Amazon Echo speakers will be available for purchase on the e-commerce portal, along with offline retailers such as Croma and Reliance Digital Stores.
Next year, a firmware update will introduce Google Assistant to the Sonos One. At launch, Alexa on the Sonos One will support Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn.
If you want to listen to the hottest mixtapes and freshest EPs, you can also tune in to Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and more. It's available to pre-order now on the Sonos website.
India is the fourth market after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany where Amazon has officially made Alexa and its smart speakers available, the company said.
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