Sonos revealed today that it will not be able to deliver Google Assistant support to its home speaker systems in 2018 as planned.
“The Sonos team has been hard at work with our partners at Google to bring you yet another easy way to control your Sonos system: the Google Assistant,” the Sonos announcement explains. “While we originally planned to have the experience ready to ship in 2018, the reality is that we need a bit more time to get the experience right and will now look to lock down a date in 2019, and we’re continuing to make good progress.”
Sonos started off as an insular ecosystem of its own, though it has long offered compatibility with a variety of music and audio services. In recent years, however, the firm has shifted its strategy. It’s newest speakers now support Apple AirPlay 2 in addition to Sonos’s proprietary networking. And the firm is starting to support the most popular digital assistants. Its Sonos One line launched in late 2017 with Amazon Alexa support. And Sonos first promised to deliver Google Assistant compatibility in 2018.
If you are a Sonos customer and are interested in beta-testing Google Assistant support, you can sign-up now for the private beta. Sonos asks that you listen to its speakers at least 14 hours per week, use 10 voice commands daily, and respond to surveys within 72 hours.