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Sonos One Alexa-driven speaker opens for preorders at $199, Google Assistant coming in 2018

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More than a year after announcing a “long-term strategic partnership with Amazon,” Sonos unveiled its first speaker equipped with voice control capabilities built in. Called the Sonos One, the speaker will support Alexa. The Sonos One, which will cost $199, is available for pre-order starting now, with a delivery date of October 24. Sonos executives also announced at the event unveiling the Sonos One that Google Assistant will also be available next year.

Sonos executive Mieko Kusano also announced that a beta software update will be available to download starting today for users in the U.S., UK, and Germany to connect Sonos speakers with previously purchased Amazon Echo, Echo Dot via Alexa.

Above: The Sonos One

Image Credit: Screenshot via Sonos.com

Thanks to Echo, Google Home, and the soon-to-be-available HomePod, opening an app to control a speaker has become cumbersome, and it’s surprising it took Sonos this long to enable voice control. Billed as “the smart speaker for music lovers,” Sonos executives frequently touted the company’s decision to wait to release the Sonos One until they had “developed a seamless experience.”

Like other Sonos speakers, the Sonos One  will only be available in two colors, black and white. It will come equipped with six microphones.

The button layout for the Sonos One has been redesigned to include a microphone icon.

At the event, Sonos’ vice president of partnerships, Allen Mask also announced that Sonos owners will be able to control their Sonos speakers in the Pandora and Tidal apps by the end of the year. Sonos first made direct control available in Spotify last year. Sonos will also add AirPlay 2 support for Apple devices in 2018.

More to follow. 

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