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Sonos app with it is much more powerful than voice control. There is a 3rd party method to control it via google. Yonomi https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/01/14/can-now-control-sonos-speakers-google-home-yonomi/
We have a Google Home in our kitchen and use it for various things including listening to music. I have the Sonos app and other apps like Google Play Music. I prefer to use Google Assistant in that environment.

I know there is a 3rd party method of controlling the Sonos. I'm not interested. We'll continue to use the Google Home until Google Assistant support is available on the Sonos. And we'll continue to not use the Sonos until that happens.

Sonos has said they will add Google Assistant support. My only point is - better sooner than later.
Sonos stated Google Assistant support is coming in 2018. Last I checked, my calendar still says 2018. Though perhaps you can find another 3rd party speaker that has support for 5.1 surround, stereo pairing, separate subwoofer, and also has Google support.
Fully aware that Sonos said coming in 2018 AND that it still is 2018, thanks tho.

As I said, better sooner than later. I'll stand by that.
Sonos app with it is much more powerful than voice control. There is a 3rd party method to control it via google. Yonomi https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/01/14/can-now-control-sonos-speakers-google-home-yonomi/Sonos app with it is much more powerful than voice control. There is a 3rd party method to control it via google. Yonomi https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/01/14/can-now-control-sonos-speakers-google-home-yonomi/

I was excited when I originally saw that. But then I tried it. Complicated and cumbersome for control over only simple commands. You have to set up a Routine in Yonomi for ever single thing you want to do. So if you want to use your voice to start a specific song or an artist - each one has to have its own Routine. If I want to play it in the kitchen, or the living room, or both - that's three versions of every routine. Not practical.

I ended up setting up my Google Homes with Chromecast Audios into my Sonos Connects. Easy to do and it allows me to do almost anything I want to do with my voice. The main limitations I have now are increasing volume above the default (initial) volume and moving music from room to room. It's easy to to start the music in the combination of rooms you want, but once it's playing you have to use the App or start over to add/change rooms.
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The Sonos website said Google Assistant is coming Q1 2018 which has passed. You may want to try contacting Amazon if you bought it there, as I did last week about 2 Sonos Play One's I bought, saying I bought it because they said this was coming and it still isn't here so it's bait and switch. They actually let me return both of them for a full refund. So over Sonos.
The Sonos website has never stated Q1 2018 and the official press release states "coming in 2018". If you have proof of your assertion, please supply a link.
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With the news of the BEAM SOUNDBAR there's more chatter about Google Assistant integration.

Any news on Google Assistant integration with the Play One's now Sonos?? Come on, we've been pretty patient...
With the news of the BEAM SOUNDBAR there's more chatter about Google Assistant integration.

Any news on Google Assistant integration with the Play One's now Sonos?? Come on, we've been pretty patient...


The news is still "sometime in 2018".
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I don’t get the negativity about this. Voice assistant support, while cool, is still pretty meh. Alexa/Google voice assistants, tried them both. As often as I find them useful I find them to be a waste of time. I bought Sonos for the app, sound quality, and above all else, multi-room audio. Now I understand there are people out there that feel empowered by voice control and this is their killer feature. It’s frustrating to wait being one of those people I’m sure. When the moment arrives that another company has approximated what Sonos has, feel free to point out they blew it. I doubt they want that to come to pass. So if it’s taking them a while, it’s because there’s something that’s not fully baked yet. I wish they would be a little more transparent with the enthusiastic fans of their products, but alas we are left to speculate and wait.

I agree with some of this sentiment but will say that I bought the ONE sight-unseen last year in 2017 based largely on the very forthright and exuberant claims that Google was "coming soon". I figured I try out Alexa in the meantime but didn't imagine the extent of "coming soon". It's been well over a half a year. I check in here peridocally and it's no skin off my teeth, but.... I too have always been nonplussed by voice assistance in general, even today. But that being said, I have always found Google assistant far, FAR (for whatever reason) less frustrating than Alexa. All I use the ONE for is turning lights off and on and she often can't do that without asking three times. She's also a kitchen timer and that's the extent of what I've found useful. Everything else is mostly novelty and, in terms of using Sonos I use the controller probably 90% of the time, likely more. Alexa is just too frustrating. So really, all I'm waiting for is the assistant on the ONE to be one that I find less irritating... unless the support is drastically better I still probably won't use it.
I don’t get the negativity about this. Voice assistant support, while cool, is still pretty meh. Alexa/Google voice assistants, tried them both. As often as I find them useful I find them to be a waste of time. I bought Sonos for the app, sound quality, and above all else, multi-room audio. Now I understand there are people out there that feel empowered by voice control and this is their killer feature. It’s frustrating to wait being one of those people I’m sure. When the moment arrives that another company has approximated what Sonos has, feel free to point out they blew it. I doubt they want that to come to pass. So if it’s taking them a while, it’s because there’s something that’s not fully baked yet. I wish they would be a little more transparent with the enthusiastic fans of their products, but alas we are left to speculate and wait.

I agree with some of this sentiment but will say that I bought the ONE sight-unseen last year in 2017 based largely on the very forthright and exuberant claims that Google was "coming soon". I figured I try out Alexa in the meantime but didn't imagine the extent of "coming soon". It's been well over a half a year. I check in here peridocally and it's no skin off my teeth, but.... I too have always been nonplussed by voice assistance in general, even today. But that being said, I have always found Google assistant far, FAR (for whatever reason) less frustrating than Alexa. All I use the ONE for is turning lights off and on and she often can't do that without asking three times. She's also a kitchen timer and that's the extent of what I've found useful. Everything else is mostly novelty and, in terms of using Sonos I use the controller probably 90% of the time, likely more. Alexa is just too frustrating. So really, all I'm waiting for is the assistant on the ONE to be one that I find less irritating... unless the support is drastically better I still probably won't use it.


I am with you on this one. My mum has used Alexa with little success, and I have never had a problem with Google assistant on my phone, however...

I can now boost my central heating (hive) while eating my dinner and my 5yo daughter loves playing "fireworks by Katy Perry on spotify". So when Google turn up I am pretty sure we will use it.
The press release didn't say anything about older Sonos devices(unless I misread), only the Sonos One. Hopefully we get it for older devices in 2018.

http://press-us.sonos.com/159680-sonos-unveils-smart-speaker-with-support-for-multiple-voice-services
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I guess it's wishful thinking, but has Sonos clarified if we'll be able to use Sonos One as a "dual" assistant (i.e: being able to speak to either voice service using alternatively the wake word Alexa or OK Google), or if we will have to "lock" the speaker onto one of the two services by going into the settings?
I'm afraid it will be the latter, but I would find a tremendous use case for being able to direct each request to either service, depending on the wake word that will be used given Google is better for general knowledge queries (opening hours, telephone numbers, wikipedia, etc), and amazon for its wider skills library.. Sonos would definitely have a competitive advantage in offering this, and would really make their point towards the vendor-agnostic voice service.

Technically, I would believe this would be possible as it's the sonos cloud which will pass on the query, and the local speaker would just have to listen in to both words instead of focusing on one?

Any thoughts?
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I don't think there is any downside to the Sonos One and Beam be able to respond to both wake words at the same time. From what I understand (I don't have one yet) during setup, you have to select the voice assistant you want to use, so I doubt you'll be able to do that. From a technical standpoint, it may be rather difficult on the Sonos Unit itself to handle both, regardless of what's happening in the cloud. There may also be some legal/contractual reasons preventing such a thing...don't know.

However, there's nothing stopping you from putting a google mini or echo dot right next to your Sonos One, effectively giving you both assistants, though not in as aesthetically pleasing. As well, I would guess you will be able to request music to play on Sonos from a mini or dot in the same setup. The Sonos skill is setup on the Alexa sign, and I'd be surprised if Google doesn't work the same.
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At the Beam launch they started a track with siri on a phone, and then stopped it using Alexa.
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At the Beam launch they started a track with siri on a phone, and then stopped it using Alexa.

Yes, but not sure what that has to do with Google Assistant. For the case you described, the phone is streaming audio to Sonos through Airplay 2. It's not the same scenario as Sonos supporting 2 voice assistants (Google and Alexa) at the same time.
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I don't know if someone from Sonos could at least clarify this point?

Also, this is more on Google side, though, have they made any statement on the availability of their free voice calling feature (US/UK only at the moment) through a third-party speaker or will it be an exclusive for their home/home mini speakers? (As Alexa has done the same restricting it to Echo devices)
If I have Sonos Amps (for in-ceiling speakers) and Google Home Minis / Google Nest Homes as inputs, will my Google Assistant query responses go to my in-ceiling speakers or to the Minis/Homes?
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Googles calling feature is available in Canada as well. I really miss it from my google homes (got rid of them in favor of outfiting every room in the house with sonos ones because I was told google assistant woukd he comming soon.. Almost a year ago.. Still waiting..) Very much hope this feature will he on sonos
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Well, that’s why announcing if this is planned in the roadmap or denied by Google would be useful: shall I delay my purchase and upgrade to play ones, or just add home minis to my existing plays 1/3/5 to make sure I don’t get locked out of voice calling.
In relation to my unanswered post on the previous page, knowing if we’ll be able to use both Alexa and google assistant at the same time would be great too
Not sure what the attraction is. I have two Google speakers, which I rarely use. Prefer Alexa. I suppose Alexa is just so much more natural and nicer to say than "OK, Google!", or "Hey Siri!". When Alexa can't answer something (getting rarer all the time) is about the only time I resort to asking Google. Siri is hopelessly dumb.
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Well, that’s why announcing if this is planned in the roadmap or denied by Google would be useful: shall I delay my purchase and upgrade to play ones, or just add home minis to my existing plays 1/3/5 to make sure I don’t get locked out of voice calling.


I probably would split the difference. I'd get some mini's to place in the same room as the 3s and 5s, and wait on the play:1s. After the features of the Google integration is announced, I decided whether a Sonos One is worth replacing the play:1s or if I'd rather just go worth more minis.
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Not sure what the attraction is. I have two Google speakers, which I rarely use. Prefer Alexa. I suppose Alexa is just so much more natural and nicer to say than "OK, Google!", or "Hey Siri!". When Alexa can't answer something (getting rarer all the time) is about the only time I resort to asking Google. Siri is hopelessly dumb.

.. And thats not even getting into all the new google festures like the ability to have a continuous conversation without using the wakeword

Which Alexa released already. But I'm really in two minds. I initially purchased Alexa but returned her as I couldn't get her to work in the way I wanted and purchased a Google Home. I find the voice request of a general search much better from Google but for control of a Smart Home I think Alexa has the lead currently and so I purchased Alexa again after getting the Sonos One.
As with all technical echo systems, they ebb and flow with functionality. At the moment I think that Alexa has the lead and the momentum but who knows where next.
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While you can use many Google Assistant features on Sonos, some features, like calling, messaging, and voice matching are unavailable on Sonos devices running the Google Assistant. We aim for the best experience we can deliver on Sonos as a music system vs. trying to do everything the developer makes possible as soon as it's possible.This is rather condescending. I can understand things like calling and messaging. But how do you figure that speaker grouping is not part of a whole-home music system?? Also would have been nice if Sonos had been upfront and honest yesterday about the (many) limitations. From the blog/website, you'd get the impression that Sonos has full GA functionality. There isn't even a hint that basic speaker functions are completely missing.


Yes this is pretty disappointing. Grouping with my other Google Home speakers and Chromecasts seems like it would be a core feature of being a Google Assistant device. I like the sonos sound quality but for the price(6x what I payed for my minis) and the wait of 18 months I expect full functionality. Much lower end companies (Insignia) have been able to implement more functionality faster(google assistant experience feels almost like it its a google product). Ryan S. "best experience you can deliver" is making my sonos work exactly like the rest of my Google Home's (I dont want to think oh I need to say this to my sonos because it works differently). Yes you have the option of two assistants but many of us just want to entirely disable Alexa and live with just Google Assistant.

It would be nice to have more transparency as well. It would have been nice to know much earlier that Assistant wasn't going to happen soon. As it got closer it would have been nice to know that functionality wouldn't be there. Give us some ideas of what the road map is. Had I known any of this i would not have bought Sonos until you had already delivered on promises. disappointment after disappointment.
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Not sure what the attraction is. I have two Google speakers, which I rarely use. Prefer Alexa. I suppose Alexa is just so much more natural and nicer to say than "OK, Google!", or "Hey Siri!". When Alexa can't answer something (getting rarer all the time) is about the only time I resort to asking Google. Siri is hopelessly dumb.

I agree with one point: the wake word Ok, google is dope.
But in the U.K., Alexa lags backwards: no continuous conversation, no voice profile recognition, and getting general answers from Wikipedia or opening hours is way better with google.
+ thé free calling feature on the home is quite a game changer as it replaces a landline.

As a main Alexa user for my smart home this is why I want to know if from times to times, using a play one, i’ll be able to use google assistant by just using the wake word, so if Sonos will be able’ to listen to both... otherwise it will have indeed no advantage over using a play 1 with a google mini on the side

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