The hardware may have been ready, but the software definitely isn't.....

  • 5 October 2017
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It would appear that the development and availability of the Sonos One hardware has forced a premature release of laughably V8 buggy software, which clearly isn't fit for purpose.

What happened to the Sonos USP we all bought into of 'it just works' ?

After waiting for a nearly a year for this integration, the results are very disappointing.

It struggles to understand voice commands, failing almost half the time with 'I don't understand' or 'something went wrong'. I reckon 60% success of a kind is typical, well under par.

You can't control and play most music sources that Sonos support, including your own music library.

You can't set up or control any groups of speakers.

Add to that the revised IOS and Android App looks like a 12 year old designed it. No intuitive hierarchy and more presses to achieve the same as the old one. Classic example of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

It looks like Sonos is on for a repeat of the Version 5 debacle (this is V8). The difference being that they now have stiff competition.

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I agree that this integration is massively underwhelming. Especially as items such as spotify, music library, grouping and ungrouping (plus lots more) have all been available following guides in the programming community for well over a year.

Using these two it is entirely possible to do everything everyone has said is missing from this official integration release:

https://github.com/rgraciano/echo-sonos
https://github.com/jishi/node-sonos-http-api

How on earth do multi million dolar companies spend a year and no doubt lots of money, to release something with less than half the functionality of an amateur program available on github??

If they are relying on this release to shift play ones, then they may be dissapointed. If it offered propper control such as group and ungroup, and spotify then maybe. Without at least those, then the play ones are pointless. The only benefit will be that "old" play 1's will now be cheaper on ebay, so I can pick some of those up, an echodot and setup the programs above and have better functionality for a lot less money.
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I agree that this integration is massively underwhelming. Especially as items such as spotify, music library, grouping and ungrouping (plus lots more) have all been available following guides in the programming community for well over a year.

Using these two it is entirely possible to do everything everyone has said is missing from this official integration release:

https://github.com/rgraciano/echo-sonos
https://github.com/jishi/node-sonos-http-api

How on earth do multi million dolar companies spend a year and no doubt lots of money, to release something with less than half the functionality of an amateur program available on github??

If they are relying on this release to shift play ones, then they may be dissapointed. If it offered propper control such as group and ungroup, and spotify then maybe. Without at least those, then the play ones are pointless. The only benefit will be that "old" play 1's will now be cheaper on ebay, so I can pick some of those up, an echodot and setup the programs above and have better functionality for a lot less money.


...not to mention that the success rate of voice commands is lamentably poor. (60-65% ?)
I too am finding the integration very very beta (not just beta!). I may have to change my room names to something less confusing (kitchen left, kitchen right causes no end of problems). It's also annoying that the tinny echodot speaker sometimes butts in when confusion arises. Obviously the aforementioned "not yet" functions are annoying too. It would be good to silence the echodot speaker for music until it's deliberately woken up. Still, worth getting 50% off the cost of echodot using sonos voucher. (The link must have cost pretty penny for sonos !!)