Exciting Partnerships in the Queue

  • 3 October 2017
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Hi
Will Sonos One support Google Cast in future.
Thanks jgatie.
The current Sonos One will be able to support Airplay 2 when the functionality arives next year.
Dumb question alert but I can't make out the answer from the thread so far. Sounds like there's the potential/probability for Airplay 2 abilities in Spring 2018. If I'm looking to get into the Sonos game should I wait until spring to buy a Sonos ONE or, if I buy one now (in Fall 2017) will it have that ability at this time (hardware-wise), once that functionality becomes possibly available in Spring? Thanks
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We don't have any specific Chromecast announcements to share at this time. We'll be partnering with Google Assistant on the Sonos One in the future, so you're free to speculate on what might mean for the future, but there's nothing official or implied that I can let you in on today.
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I'd like to know if native chromecast support is coming, as that would bring BBC iplayer radio to sonos.
@Ryan S, will there be native chromecast support on the way as well for the speakers? I know you can connect via the Sonos app, but native chromecast to the speakers would be much better.

Is this native support in the pipe at all?

Cheers.
Thank you for this update. I have been holding off buying a Sonos One because I am more interested in Airplay than using Alexa. However this gives me hope that it will allow me to use Airplay 2 when it is released.
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We're still working on Airplay2 development with Sonos, so most of those questions don't quite have answers yet. While those are good guesses on functionality, we're not at the point where I can confirm how accurate they'll be when the implementation is done. You'll have to stay tuned to know for sure.
You're most welcome.

Fair warning, I'm not a Sonos employee, nor am I privy to information that you don't have, so take all of my thoughts with a grain of salt. That being said, I can only think of Airplay 2 as another line-in to the system. So, if it does in fact act in that manner, then the answer to your questions are:

1) yes
2) yes
3) I don't know, but I'd think no. Having one input device handle more than one stream seems unlikely. I'd expect, just like with the Line-in system, you'd need a second input device to handle the data for a second Airplay stream.
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Basically, once you have one device that will support an Airplay 2 signal, then all of the speakers, old or new, will support playing that stream..

Thank you for the clarification! I think I understand better now how Sonos work.
Should I expect some limitations to zones/groups?

Say I have 1 Sonos Airplay2 speaker associated to group1:
- Could I play an airplay2 stream to group2 but have group1 silent?
- Could I play an airplay2 stream to group2 but have group1 play something else?
- Could I play an airplay2 stream to group2 but have group1 play another airplay2 stream?
I think you misunderstand the nature of the Sonos ecosystem. Basically, once you have one device that will support an Airplay 2 signal, then all of the speakers, old or new, will support playing that stream. If you're familiar, it's like the Line-In function on the PLAY:5 or CONNECT devices. Once the data is in the Sonos ecosystem, it can be played everywhere.

To be honest, it's been a while since I've seen anything specific on which speakers will be acceptable as "receivers" for Airplay 2, but I'm sure that the Sonos One will be. I *think* the PLAY:5 gen 2 will be as well, but I may be misremembering that.

At the end of the day, as long as you have one Airplay 2 enabled speaker in your system, you should be able to play that signal being sent to it on any speaker.
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I understand this is still early on, but I'm about to replace the speakers in the whole house so I'd like to not buy the wrong hardware.

I am mostly interested in airplay 2 (2018 Sonos update). According to what we currently know:
- What Sonos devices do we know will NOT work with Airplay 2? (I'm guessing Play:1 and Play:3 ? )
- What Sonos devices do we know WILL work with Airplay 2? (I'm guessing Play:5 gen2 and Sonos ONE ? )

thank you!
It would be a most interesting challenge to have two active assistants at one time, I'd think. Which one would you send the data to for interpretation? I guess perhaps the wake word could be the key? That would be a fascinating discussion to be in with the coders, to figure out the feasibility.
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And I get 'not found' from the link above - Patrick Spence's post on the Sonic Internet here: http://blog.sonos.com/en/welcome-sonic-internet/
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Hi. I love the idea that if I have Sonos Ones, I could interact with either Alexa or Google Assistant (once this capability is delivered . Would this be an 'either / or' - dare I hope - an 'and' ? Could I say 'Hey Google' as well as 'Alexa' to my Sonos One and both would be listening ? I could live with the voice assistant being defined in the settings, but being multi-platform would make the Sonos One really unique
I'd be interested in that as well, but I don't suspect that we'll get an answer, since they tend not to comment on the design of the electronics. I've never seen them do so. And who knows, in this case, it might be covered by an NDA they have with Apple, not to discuss any specifics around the transmission/reception of Airplay 2.
My understanding is that AirPlay 2 does not require a dedicated hardware chip. Is there some other reason why it seems like it will only work with my Play:5 as stated here ??? I have a playbar, sub, 2 play:1 speakers in my living room, a play:1 in my kitchen, and play:5 in my bedroom.
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Any chance of Deezer integration as well, or have I missed mention of it elsewhere? It must surely be almost as popular as Spotify....
Not really. Spotify has roughly 10x the number of subs as Deezer.

Interesting that AirPlay 2 support is announced, but no Chromecast, which would do for Android users what AirPlay 2 does for the Apple fans. I'm pretty sure Google is FAR more open than Apple (lol), so it just seems odd that it isn't on the radar.
I'm not particularly well versed in the Google assistant, but perhaps the assumption is that it will bring the same functionality to bear?
Interesting that AirPlay 2 support is announced, but no Chromecast, which would do for Android users what AirPlay 2 does for the Apple fans. I'm pretty sure Google is FAR more open than Apple (lol), so it just seems odd that it isn't on the radar.
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Any chance of Deezer integration as well, or have I missed mention of it elsewhere? It must surely be almost as popular as Spotify....
We don't have any specific announcements right now around Deezer.
So this spring I should be able to AirPlay to my Sonos Playbase? If I add two Play:1’s configured for surround sound, then AirPlaying music to the Playbase will also play the same music on the Play:1’s?
We're not sharing all the details around Airplay 2 just yet. It's all a work in progress as development goes on, so I don't want to promise too much and have things change. For now, that's a safe assumption. We'll be sharing more as things develop.
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Any chance of Deezer integration as well, or have I missed mention of it elsewhere? It must surely be almost as popular as Spotify....
I'd be hesitant to hold them to the "spring" date, given the nature of software development, but yes, the rest of your statement would be accurate.
So this spring I should be able to AirPlay to my Sonos Playbase? If I add two Play:1’s configured for surround sound, then AirPlaying music to the Playbase will also play the same music on the Play:1’s?
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THANK YOU for this update. This summer many were worried that Sonos was packing it in to it's competitors (or worse: hoping for a takeover) but this indicates that Sonos is hard at work on innovation and listening to its customers.

SO excited for AirPlay 2, even if it means I have to add a ONE to my setup.

The only thing left will be DTS support but after today's announcement I know anything is possible.