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Google Assistant Finally Arrives on Sonos

Google Assistant Finally Arrives on Sonos

Starting today, users can start talking to Google Assistant through their Sonos speakers.

To enabled on your compatible device open the Sonos app and select Voice Services, from there select the Assistant. Google Assistant has numerous same features you find on other devices, like Google's own speakers, but for those who don't want to use Amazon's assistant, this is a welcomed update. Based on the announcements and what I have experienced with the beta, this is a simple process that brings the Google Assistant to the Beam and One but don't expect it to change your life in any meaningful way.

Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is already on Sonos One and Sonos Beam.

"We value freedom of choice, empowering listeners to choose what they want to listen to and how they want to control it".

I've been trying to avoid the word "finally" in my headlines, but I think this one gets a pass: Over a year and a half after it was originally promised, Sonos has brought the Google Assistant to its voice-powered speakers - namely the Sonos One and Beam. While you can't use both Google and Alexa at the same time on a single unit, you can mix and match the assistants using separate units in a household.

Google Assistant has been added to Sonos speakers in a delightfully seamless way.
That means you can continue to use the Sonos app, or any third-party app, to play music on your Sonos speakers, and then seamlessly switch back and forth between controlling via an app or by voice.

Basic Playback controls are available even for music services that didn't make this initial list, and consumers are also able to ask for a whole range of other things offered by the Google Assistant, including news briefings, weather, calendar entries, directions and more. And when you have a Sonos Beam connected to your TV, you'll be able to use its HDMI connection to play content on the connected TV directly. Featuring new music from 4AD artists The National and Holly Herndon, alongside tracks curated by the iconic Beggars Group of labels (Rough Trade, 4AD, XL, Matador and Young Turks), the Google Assistant on Sonos will help visitors explore how sound works, how it layers into music, and how music sparks emotion.