Google Assistant comes to Sonos speakers

Google Assistant Finally Arrives on Sonos

It has been in the works for almost two years, but as of today, the Google Assistant is available on the Sonos One and Beam smart speakers. Now, courtesy of a free software update, we can see how that works for ourselves.

The Google Assistant is Sonos' second built-in voice assistant. 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.

So the Google Assistant integration is awesome, if a bit late. Customers on Sonos will have the ability to choose an assistant for each individual speaker, with multiple voice assistants on a single system. It's not the first voice assistant that teamed up with Sonos but we believe Google's is the more advanced. It also doesn't support calling and interpreter mode, future updates will apparently bring these features. To that end, the company is exemplifying essentially the simplest use case where having both Alexa and Google Assistant just one voice command away could come in handy.

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"Alexa Voice Control and the Google Assistant on Sonos are now experiencing some technical issues", Sonos wrote in an earlier tweet, directing users to a Sonos Status page that confirmed the company was indeed experiencing issues. Or news. Or podcasts: While you're able to play music from all the services the Assistant already supports - including YouTube Music, Pandora, and Spotify - you can also use the Assistant to skip to the next track, pause the music and change volume from the 100+ music services already available on Sonos. Over time, however, it has included dozens of languages, even partnered to control lights, locks and TVs and learned to spot members of any household from voice. "In the meantime, you can use the Sonos app to control Sonos", the statement said. You can also stream videos from popular services.

Get answers, manage tasks and plans. You can control your smart home gadgets, ask any number of questions, or start playing content - including video - on any Android TV or a TV with a Chromecast plugged in.

Connect with Smart Home. For Sonos owners who have enabled automatic updates on their Sonos One or Sonos Beam, the system will update automatically overnight. That includes smart home control, broadcasts, and continued conversations. This includes phone calls, contacts and other personalized features depending on voice match functionality now only available on Google's own smart speakers. Learn more and RSVP.

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