Friday in CE: Sonos Ready to Rule Voice Control Throne, Google's $1,000 Chromebook is a Pipedream
Consumer-focused sweetheart Sonos has made some big software upgrades to their newest speaker, and no it's not their hardware. In fact, at first glance, the Sonos One is basically a Play:1 with a subtle voice-activated LED.
The speaker has all the usual upgrades, six far-field microphones (for voice control), touch-sensitive controls, and all the power you expect from a Sonos speaker.
The audio manufacturer has big plans to capture the digital assistant market by playing nice with Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as the usual suspects of music streaming services (Spotify, iHeartRadio, Deezer) and comes in at a very competitive $200. Although the speaker costs more than Amazon's $150 Echo Plus, it undercuts Apple Homepod by $150 and Google's ambitious Home Max by $200.