Sonos Speakers To Feature Alexa Voice Control In 2017

Also enhances support for third-party home control
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Add Sonos to the list of Alexa’s friends.

The audio company announced that starting in 2017, its speakers will feature voice control via Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo, Tap, Dot and Fire TV. The features will be delivered via a software update and will be compatible with new and existing Sonos speakers.

An invite-only beta test will commence later this year.

The company, which restructured earlier this year as it redirected its focused toward voice control and streaming, also said Spotify users will be able to control Sonos systems directly in the Spotify app beginning in October. Using the Sonos Controller app will no longer be necessary.   

Sonos also reaffirmed its commitment to working with other streaming services, including Pandora. Its systems already feature Apple Music streaming support, but it must be controlled by the Sonos Controller app.  

Finally, the audio company announced endorsed partner integrations with Crestron, Lutron, Savant, Control4, iPort and Deutsche Telekom’s QIVICON. The partnerships will enable the companies to integrate Sonos’ platform into their products. For example, Crestron users will be able to search and stream music on a Sonos system right from Crestron touchscreens, remotes and keypads, as well as directly from the Crestron app.

For details on the home control platform partnerships, see Lindsey Adler's report on our sister site, Residential Systems.

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