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Just discovered this app which adds a widget to IOS to quickly stop/start, decrease/increase sound. It's simple, but they charge for it. When you start it, it automatically discovers all your units with buttons to do what I described above. Some may think it's worth it, others may not. Not sure why Sonos hasn't done this themselves.

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Hi MIBSWE,

Quicksonos developer here, what do you think about mentioning quicksonos as an alternative for people to have lockscreen access to their sonos system ?

Allthough quicksonos doesn't offer as many features as other widgets, it is build with usability in mind, it offers big buttons wich are easy tappable.
For me it was also very important that I could as fast as possible control my speakers, so quicksonos caches the last sonos zone status which makes it usable as soons as the buttons are visible.

https://www.quicksonos.be

Hi MIBSWE,

Thanks for mentioning the app, I'm the developer of the SonoControls app (https://itunes.apple.com/app/sonocontrols-lock-screen-widget/id1082647737?mt=8) so thank you for using it!

Fertnn, your app looks nice as well, however I was unable to get it working on an iPhone 6 (Widget could not be loaded).

As a Sonos enthousiast (and iOS developer), I think it is a good thing that people are making stuff like this, there are a few alternatives available, so we will let the users try them out, they have something to choose from. Stuff like caching definitely helps to speed up things, it seems we were both smart to put that in.

Sonos, I think it is great you encourage your community to come up with stuff like this, I found this old post that started it all: https://en.community.sonos.com/troubleshooting-228999/api-189

Cheers
Jeroen
Not wishing to be rude to anyone here, but hasn't this type of software already been done by the app called Sonobit by Tom Gyllenhammar on the Apple App Store and the app works apparently on the iwatch too.

http://www.toricbits.com.

I guess it's good to have competition in every aspect of software and all credit to Sonos for publishing their API for developers out there.

I don't know who produced which app first, but sonobit v1 came out August 2015 and the latest update (v2.4) was released in January. It is available in English, German and Swedish and supports VoiceOver, I think.

I should add that I am not in anyway associated to Tom Gyllenhammer or his software.

Ken Griffiths
Hi Ken,

Not rude al all 🙂 Yes I have had some email chats with Tom in the last weeks, it appeared that while I was still working on the app, he already published his app, it appeared we were working on a very similar app, that's often the case with good ideas. So in the end, that's fine for both of us. I did change a few things in the app to make sure it has it's own unique character.

Before any iOS widgets for Sonos, there were / are quite a few Android versions, which are also very nicely done. It seems the Android developers were faster :)

Cheers
Jeroen
JeroenB wrote:

Hi Ken,

Not rude al all 🙂 Yes I have had some email chats with Tom in the last weeks, it appeared that while I was still working on the app, he already published his app, it appeared we were working on a very similar app, that's often the case with good ideas. So in the end, that's fine for both of us. I did change a few things in the app to make sure it has it's own unique character.

Before any iOS widgets for Sonos, there were / are quite a few Android versions, which are also very nicely done. It seems the Android developers were faster :)

Cheers
Jeroen



Jeroen,

I just wish I was as clever as you guys... Programming is all gobbledegook to me.

It's great to see the Apps all competing and even more commendable that Sonos supports these developments through their API.

I wasn't sure if you were aware of the sonobit development.

Anyhow, Good luck with your SonoControls App.

Ken Griffiths
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Great to see lots of apps than can do similar things as SonoControls. I wasn't aware of the other apps and chose SonoControls because it appeared (I think) as a promoted Ad on FB or maybe Twitter. And because I was frustrated with how many clicks I needed to stop/start my Sonos amplifier, then I just jumped in without looking if there were alternatives. But, I'm happy so far.

An open API is definitely the best way for Sonos to open up their system as developers will react quicker to these types of needs than Sonos.
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Ken_Griffiths wrote:

Not wishing to be rude to anyone here, but hasn't this type of software already been done by the app called Sonobit by Tom Gyllenhammar on the Apple App Store and the app works apparently on the iwatch too.

http://www.toricbits.com.

I guess it's good to have competition in every aspect of software and all credit to Sonos for publishing their API for developers out there.

I don't know who produced which app first, but sonobit v1 came out August 2015 and the latest update (v2.4) was released in January. It is available in English, German and Swedish and supports VoiceOver, I think.

I should add that I am not in anyway associated to Tom Gyllenhammer or his software.

Ken Griffiths



No offense taken, I had the same problem as JeroemB, when I was close to finishing my app (https://vimeo.com/132449901 -> I uploaded this on 2nd of july 2015) sonobit was released, then my motivation was a bit gone, so it took me another nine months to finally put it in the appstore.

anyway, I have 5 promocodes left, if anyone is interested, send me a private message

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