Sonos Delays Google Assistant Availability

Posted on November 1, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos, Smart Home with 6 Comments

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.


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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Sonos Delays Google Assistant Availability”

  1. jbinaz

    Am I the only one who doesn't "get" Sonos? I know they're supposed to have great sound quality, but I've never quite understood how they work with other services. I even had a good friend work for them in Santa Barbara, but even he never explained it to me in a way that made sense.

    • matsan

      In reply to jbinaz:

      Just a simple Sonos user, but I am amazed with the number of services they support. Here in Sweden, they support Swedish Public Radio and even Storytel (small Swedish-only Audible clone). Especially the connection to Storytel is amazing - working seamlessly over different devices and remembers play-positions so the API must be quite complex.

  2. markbyrn

    Thanks for posting the beta sign-up link

  3. tsay

    Go for a real speaker that you can trust to go all the way and more...

  4. jeffrye

    If anybody knows how to trick Alexa into playing my own (not Amazon Cloud) music on Sonos, I'd love to hear it!

    I was hoping that Google Assistant would take care of it (because Google still allows you to upload your own music) but who know when that will ever come.