The Sonos One Speaker Launches, Will Support Multiple Voice Services
It was probably one of the worst kept secrets in the audio market recently, but until Wednesday, the Sonos voice assistant speaker was nothing more than a concept. Now, following a press event in New York City, we have a physical product that Sonos finally made official.
The Sonos One was launched this week and is described as an all-in-one voice-controlled smart speaker. Sonos explained that the speaker will be capable of supporting multiple voice services, playing music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other “sonic content” from more than 80 streaming services.
Initially the speaker will launch with support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant service, meaning users will have access to news, weather, smart home functionality, and other Alexa-related skills. In 2018, an update will be delivered to the Sonos One that will unlock Google Assistant support, and eventually it will also support Apple’s AirPlay. Sonos said this will make the Sonos One the “first and only smart speaker to support multiple major voice services.” The company did announce that the millions of existing Sonos speaker owners—who also own an Echo device—will be able to control those speakers through a Sonos skill that’s available now.