Google Assistant finally coming to Sonos One and Beam speakers
Google Assistant is coming to the Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam soundbar next week, according to a letter sent out to Sonos shareholders.
The company originally promised both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support back in 2017, and despite a number of updates to the Sonos One – including AirPlay 2 support – Google Assistant hasn’t been among them.
According to the letter from CEO Patrick Spence, a software upgrade will ensure that the “Sonos One and Beam will support the Google Assistant in the US, with more markets to come over the next few months”.He went on to say that the new feature “will truly elevate the customer experience and marks the first time that consumers will be able to buy a single smart speaker and get to choose which voice assistant they want to use”.
“We think giving consumers choice is always the right decision, and we anticipate this philosophy will be adopted in the industry over time.”
Having interoperability between different voice assistants could prove very lucrative for the company, especially if customers value flexibility in their smart home products as much as Sonos is clearly hoping.
The new Google Assistant integration means that users should be able to control their Google smart home devices by giving their Sonos One or Sonos Beam voice commands, thanks to the inclusion of microphones.
The Sonos One was recently updated with a second generation model, but as Sonos said “the original Sonos One will continue to be supported through regular updates”, we’re expecting Google Assistant to come to the original model as promised.
Due to the recent upgrade, you can find the original Sonos One on sale for around $179 while the second gen model picks up the previous price tag of $199 .
The Sonos Beam soundbar, which impressed us with its compact design and superb sound quality, comes in at $399.