Sonos launches Google Assistant on Sonos One and Beam speakers today

Google Assistant is now available on Sonos One smart speaker, joining Amazon Alexa to provide a choice in voice assistants.

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Google Assistant will finally come to Sonos smart speakers, after already supporting Amazon Alexa, making the company the first to support multiple assistants on one device.

After announcing multiple voice assistant support in 2017, the company is rolling out Google’s voice system to Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam sound bar in the United States from today. Users in Europe, Canada, and Australia will come online in July.

Sonos owners can now choose between either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, but they won’t be able to switch between them on the fly, and will have to choose one during setup. 

Both speakers have long supported Amazon’s Alexa and can be controlled from Siri on iOS devices via AirPlay 2. The addition of Google offers a different alternative for those outside Amazon and Apple’s respective ecosystems. 

The speakers will support several Google actions from the start including Continued Conversation (where the mic waits for more instructions without saying the wake word) and Broadcast mode (or personal address mode). The company says that calling, voice match, purchases, interpreter mode, and setting routines in the Google Home app will not be available at launch.

Marshall is another company that has announced support for multiple assistants on its Acton II and Stanmore II speakers coming in 2019, while LG OLED TVs will support both assistants in 2019.

Originally published May 10. 

Update, Jan. 19: Adds information on the features supported and the release schedule for the firmware update.

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