Sonos Announces Own Voice Assistant by @timberfoster on UnSplash
Audio company Sonos will announce its own voice assistant in the coming weeks, The Verge writes based on insiders. This allows people to control the music on Sonos speakers with their voices.
The feature is part of a new software update likely to be released in early June. The voice assistant would initially only be available to customers in the United States, but an international rollout should follow after that.
Sonos Voice, as the feature is called, will be an alternative to the voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. These are already available on Sonos smart speakers. Sonos’ voice controls will directly work with Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Deezer, and Sonos Radio music services. Spotify and YouTube Music have not yet entered into a partnership with Sonos. Hopefully, these will be added to Sonos Voice later.
Sonos speakers start listening when the user says “Hey Sonos”. The company says it does not record voice commands to ensure customer privacy. Interestingly enough a few weeks ago, the verge wrote that Sonos will also present a new soundbar. The Sonos Ray would cost around $250, but it doesn’t have a built-in microphone for voice control.
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