Alexa is still the only voice assistant for the Sonos One
From day one, Sonos’ pitch for the burgeoning smart speaker market has been as tantalising as it vague.
More specifically, the audio brand have been pivoting towards being service coque galaxy j7 neo 2017 agonistic. coque iphone 5c donald You can be an Apple Music, Google Music or Spotify subscriber coque iphone 6s stitch amazon and still be able to get the most out of the the Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam soundbar.
Sonos’ neutrality in the ongoing fight for voice assistant supremacy goes hand in hand with this proposition. Rather than side with the Google Assistant like JBL or Amazon Alexa like Ultimate Ears. The future that Sonos have been selling over the last year has been coque iphone 5 s integrale one belle coque iphone 5 s that sounds good no matter which voice assistant you rely on. Google Assistant. Alexa. iphone 11 case coque samsung Bixby. coque iphone vente privee Siri. Cortana.
Sonos wants to play nice with all of them. bijoux personnalise The problem is that the reality of what the company are selling hasn’t lived up to these ambitions.
This week marks one year since the official announcement of the Sonos One. One year since the company’s pitched itself as the service and voice assistant agonistic audio ecosystem that anybody could buy. coque huawei One year and coque iphone 4s acdc there’s still no sign of the Google Assistant on the Sonos One.
What givesPlay It AgainLet’s retrace our steps.
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Back in 2017, Sonos announced their first smart speaker on October 5th. The Sonos One launched it a few weeks coque iphone 7 champion rose later on the 24th. At that time, the Sonos One supported Amazon Alexa in overseas markets but not in Australia. This was because Alexa wasn’t officially available in our region yet. Meanwhile, Google Assistant support coque galaxy s8 audi would be added via software update sometime in 2018.
According to Sonos, the plan was to wait until Amazon had launched Alexa coque iphone 5 chasse in Australia before offering rolling out the voice function for local customers. bijoux pas cher Early adopters of the Sonos One were essentially just buying a slightly coque iphone se guitare refreshed Sonos Play:1 on coque iphone 5s support the promise that a software upgrade would it make it smarter later the line.
And in April, this actually began to happen. Several months after the Echo, Echo Dot coque samsung galaxy s5830 and Echo Plus arrived in Australia, Sonos One owners finally gained access to Amazon’s voice assistant. coque samsung This wasn’t quite full blown Siri integration but it was definitely a step in the right direction.
However, as of October there’s still no sign of the Google Assistant. collier argent And with Google’s Home speakers now coque galaxy s7 armor having officially overtaken Amazon for the first time, according to Canalys, that’s not good enough.
Early adopters were sold the Sonos One on the promise that it’d easily integrate with their music streaming, smart home and assistant setup, no matter the brands involved. coque huawei The continued absence of the Google Assistant on the Sonos One (and now the Sonos Beam) is more than an irritation. It’s a borderline failure by Sonos to deliver the what they promised.
A smart speaker that plays nice with one and a half voice assistants is not the same thing as smart speaker that plays nice with multiple voice assistants.
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I’m not entirely unsympathetic. Sometimes, technology is hard. Sometimes, it takes longer to implement a feature than you’d expect. coque iphone Sometimes, stuff happens. But if we’re being honest we’re now two months away from Sonos’ missing a fourteen coque iphone se silicone chat month deadline it set for itself.
Where to from here
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Transparency is a good place to start. Sonos should release an update on coque disney pour samsumg galaxie s6 their blog. coque samsung Explain to customers and early adopters why this feature has taken so long to implement, what issues have arisen and realistically what the estimated release timeline looks like at this stage.
Looking beyond the arrival of the Google Assistant, Sonos should pay more than lip service to the idea of adding Bixby or Cortana support to the Sonos One and Sonos Beam. Yes, the audience and user bases for those Assistants is significantly coque iphone 5c pour soeur smaller than that of the dominant market leaders. But, if that same logic really applied, then Sonos wouldn’t tout support for the seventy different music streaming services their speakers come ready to play nice with out of the box.
Samsung are currently trying to build up developer support with Bixby. Microsoft refuse coque iphone 5 décapsuleur to abandon Cortana. coque huawei iphone 11 case Surely partnerships with both these companies would be not only possible but mutually beneficial for Sonos to pursue.
Both Bixby and Cortana have their diehard fans. And there aren’t a coque iphone 5 france whole lot of coque pour samsung galaxy edge7 smart speakers out there that support for either beyond the Harmon Kardon Invoke and Samsung’s own Galaxy Home speaker.