Sonos announces the first connected speaker to offer voice control through a choice of intelligent assistants.
(CCM) — Sonos has unveiled an ultra-versatile smart speaker which can be used with multiple intelligent assistants and more than 80 music streaming services.
The Sonos One, announced on Wednesday, will launch on October 24, 2017 with Amazon's Alexa intelligent assistant providing full voice support for Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn. Support for Spotify will be added soon after launch. In 2018 Sonos will add support for Google Assistant, making it the first connected speaker to support multiple intelligent assistants.
Using voice commands, users can select, pause and skip songs, and change the volume on every Sonos system in the home. They can also use Alexa (and later Google Assistant) to carry out other tasks such as reading the news, providing a weather forecast, or dimming the lights.
The Sonos One is equipped with two digital amplifiers, one tweeter, and one mid—woofer. It has a six-mic array and runs an adaptive noise suppression algorithm enabling it to focus on spoken commands. It also features voice capture technology with echo cancelation to allow the speaker to hear commands even when music is playing. The speaker is available in all-white and all-black matte finishes and can be pre-ordered today for $199 from Sonos.
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