Following its announcement in mid-May that Google Assistant was finally available for Sonos speakers in the U.S., Sonos has confirmed that the smart voice assistant is now also available to owners of its speakers in Canada via a free software update.
Google Assistant can be used with the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, or with a connected Google Home product. Users can ask for a song to begin playing, to queue up a TV show, check the weather, control other compatible smart home devices, and more. Sonos speakers also work with Amazon Alexa, as well as Apple AirPlay.
"We value freedom of choice, empowering listeners to choose what they want to listen to and how they want to control it," says Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos. "Adding voice, now with the Google Assistant, has made that control even easier. We partnered with Google to build this integration from the ground up, layering in the best of the Google Assistant into the Sonos ecosystem of products and partners. Today we're the first company to have two voice assistants working concurrently on the same system, a major milestone for the industry. 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."
Since the speakers support both major voice control platforms, customer can use one or the other, or both simultaneously. They could use Google Assistant on a Beam in the living room to start a song, for example, then ask a Sonos One in the kitchen via Alexa what's playing.
Additionally, Sonos supports the Google Assistant's top first party actions and features, including Continued Conversation, Broadcast mode, and the ability to choose a different voice. Google Assistant on Sonos also includes more than one million actions from partner products. Additional features and actions will be available through ongoing updates.
At launch, customers will enjoy system control, starting a song, going to the next track, and adjusting volume in the Sonos app; requesting music to be played from streaming services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, TIDAL, and more; turning on a TV with Google Assistant using the Beam's HDMI ARC connection and CEC, switching from TV to music, and adjusting the TV's volume; and get answers to queries and manage tasks. With the addition of a Chromecast Ultra, users can also get additional videos with voice for TV, including requesting specific shows or movies from streaming services. Google Assistant on Sonos can also be used to control other smart home devices, like adjusting the temperature or turning on the lights. At this time, there are more than 200 million devices in homes globally that work with the Google Assistant now on Sonos.