Below is the a link to a news article about it. Article contains link to Q4 statement and other sources.
Here’s a link to the Snips website:
So of course,the big question is...why?
- Insurance in case deals with Amazon and Google go sour?
- An additional source of revenue/patents?
- Better in house development/maintenance of voice control with Amazon/Google?
- Planned new features?
Perhaps what’s most interesting about Snips is that it claims to do voice control on ‘the edge’ meaning that your voice control isn’t sent to the cloud for processing, but processed on the device itself. Therefore, your voice commands would not be limited to what to what Amazon or Google allows, but what features are available with Sonos. So theoretically, you could request audio from any source and perform Sonos specific features like grouping. It also could calm some privacy concerns.
I don’t want to get my hopes up on this though.