Sonos has finally announced that Google Assistant will be available through its smart speakers via a free software update. But for now, it's only in the U.S., with other countries to follow in July.
With Google Assistant, which joins the already available Amazon Alexa voice control capabilities, owners of the Sonos One or Sonos Beam can use their voice to control music playback, queue up a TV show, check the weather, control other smart home devices, and more.
The free software update will be available starting today in the U.S. Support in the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, France, and The Netherlands comes in July with additional countries to follow on a rolling basis over the coming months.
"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, 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."
Owners of multiple Sonos smart products can use both voice assistants simultaneously, using Google Assistant on the Beam in the living room, for example, to control music and television there, and Alexa on a Sonos One in the kitchen.
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. 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 be able to start a song using AirPlay from Apple Music, ask Google Assistant to go to the next track, and turn the volume down in the Sonos app. You can also ask for music or content to play on other Sonos speakers in the system, like a Play:1. Customers can access tunes from all major streaming music services, including Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, TIDAL, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Deezer. Use voice to go to the next song, change the volume, or pause with all streaming services available on Sonos.
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. Add a Chromecast Ultra to get additional features with voice for TV, including requesting specific shows or movies from streaming services.
Get answers, manage tasks and plans. Hear a daily brief, flight information or commute time, set alarms, timers, and pull up calendar appointments or get answers on weather, calculations, translations, sports, and more. Ask Google Assistant for directions and have them sent directly to an Android phone.
Ask the Google Assistant on Sonos to adjust the temperature or turn on the light. At this time, there are more than 200 million devices in homes globally that work with the Google Assistant now on Sonos.
To showcase the power of Sonos sound paired with the smart control of the Google Assistant, Sonos and Google are delivering a series of multi-sensory installations for the public in New York, running from June 7-9. Featuring new music from 4AD artists The National and Holly Herndon, alongside tracks curated by the iconic Beggars Group of labels (Rough Trade, 4AD, XL, Matador and Young Turks), the Google Assistant on Sonos will help visitors explore how sound works, how it layers into music, and how music sparks emotion. Those who will be in the area and wish to attend can RSVP here.