Sonos promotes support for Google Helper next year

Sonos One and Sonos Beam started with Alexa, but one of their biggest features was Google Assistant support on the road. The assistant initially had to start in early 2018, but considering that radio stations are already preparing their Christmas playlists, it does not seem to happen.

In a blog post today, Sonos confirmed that he had promoted the launch of Google Assistant:

While we initially planned to have the mission ready by 2018, the reality is that we need a little more time to get the right experience and now we will try to close a date in 2019 and we continue to make good progress.

This will be frustrating for anyone holding the Sonos gear until the Assistant arrives or anyone who's been looking forward to last year. The company does not provide any further explanation as to why it has taken so long to do it right when several competitors managed to integrate the assistant last year. But I think it's better for the company to do it right than to show up with a half-done application.

That being said, if indeed, Really you want the Google Assistant, you can subscribe to take it into account for the private beta, which starts after the applicants are shown in the next few weeks. You need to work for the privilege: Sonos asks the testers to commit themselves 14 hours of listening a week, use ten voice commands daily and respond to surveys within 72 hours.

The company recognizes that Google Assistant support is the most common question it receives and plans to share another update at the beginning of 2019.

Published 1 November 2018 – 18:45 UTC