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Tired Of Waiting For Google home Integration


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I am @ least 10 year Sonos veteran and it seams that Sonos as a company doesn't mind alienating what I would think is a considerable amount it owner base to Add Profit over Customer Loyalty. Sonos has been promising Google home Integration for @ least 1 Year & has been stringing along its Loyal Customers along while choosing to accept Money from Amazon over customer loyalty to allow Amazon to dictate whom will be able to integrate with Sonos Does SONOS think we a oblivious to what Sonos has done. Why Would I want to add Wires to my wireless system as a work around NICE THANKS . I have already started my SONOS Replacement Research there are many out their now. Thanks Sonos for appreciating MY 10 YEAR LOYALTY!!!
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Best answer by Ryan S 1 November 2018, 15:27

Hi everyone, I just posted an update to the status of Google Assistant coming to Sonos here which also links to our Blog. We'll make sure to keep you updated with any news we have to share. Thanks for your patience, and we are as excited to bring you Google Assistant as you are to get it. We're hard at work on building the integration and look forward to getting it in your hands as soon as it's ready.
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I've been on my fair share of development teams, only to be dismayed by what marketing says about the product, and when. :)

One that still sticks with me is "per-pixel leatherization" Still no idea what that was supposed to mean.
I'm sure that the marketing and forum folks want to announce as soon as possible, but the engineers and management wont let them.

Ha! I've never seen an engineering team outrank the marketing and sales weenies. How many times have they announced vaporware at other companies? Spence must be getting a lot of flak from his sales guys right now, but is holding out until the entire Google Assistant is fully integrated, perhaps to the detriment of the company.

I'd have been perfectly happy with simply a Chromecast target, which could have been ready a year ago. Pretty much what they did with Airplay, why not do the same with Chromecast? The Google microphone devices are inexpensive, no need to integrate into Sonos... A Google Home Hub is the perfect adjunct to a Chromecast speaker. Ah well.
One can assume the initial delay was due to issues in doing the implementation. If it were me, I'd not want to commit to a new date until I was ready to release. Which means all the way through beta, if there is one. I'm sure that the marketing and forum folks want to announce as soon as possible, but the engineers and management wont let them.
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No official word.
Wondering if there is any rough date update? Summer time, Christmas time? Honestly, this is probably the single biggest item holding me from switching to google assistant in my house from Alexa.
If there was such a thing, then yes, I’d be willing to bet there would be an NDA, and that the great majority of people would be loathe to break it, as there might be not only harsh penalties (?) but serious impact for any potential inclusion in future beta tests. Not to mention it’s unlikely that a Sonos operated forum would allow a comment about what might be going on to stand. I’d think at the very least, you might be better off asking that question pretty much anywhere else but here.
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Has anyone tried Google Home integration through the beta program yet? I imagine you sign an NDA but I'm holding up hope that someone is willing to share info.
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Only if your Sonos has line in
I've got my sonos working with my home hub with a chromecast
Looks like there is no google cast integration.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/9/18174686/sonos-google-assistant-beam-one-beta-demo-features-ces-2019


This is bad news since I got a Sonos One to go together with my Chromecast speakers and Google Home Mini's...

I hope it can be added in an update...
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Exciting!
On the contrary....if they're still trying to make sure the feature works, and weren't sure one way or the other, they wouldn't speak a word of it.
I wouldn't take a beta/demo feature demonstration as the last word.

Thats true, i'm quite sure that they would have told the verge otherwise, if they had plans to integrate google cast in the near future (what ever thats means for this company).
Looks like there is no google cast integration.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/9/18174686/sonos-google-assistant-beam-one-beta-demo-features-ces-2019


From the article:
There is also the “works with Sonos” side, which lets Sonos speakers serve as music endpoints that can be controlled by other Google speakers. In other words, if you have a Google Home and an older Sonos speaker (or a Sonos speaker set to Alexa), you can use your Google Home to start music on the Sonos.


So, ask Google Home Hub to cast something to a Sonos speaker. Perfect.
I wouldn't take a beta/demo feature demonstration as the last word.
Looks like there is no google cast integration.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/9/18174686/sonos-google-assistant-beam-one-beta-demo-features-ces-2019
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Google and Sonos confirm Google Home support this year at CES. But they didn't reveal a date.

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-announces-assistant-on-sonos-speakers-coming-in-2019/


I just read a similar article on Android Central. It seems like old news to me but it's getting new coverage because Google said something about it at CES.
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Google and Sonos confirm Google Home support this year at CES. But they didn't reveal a date.

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-announces-assistant-on-sonos-speakers-coming-in-2019/
Ah, false alarm.

It was an old name I had given to the target Chromecast, that was being triggered by a GA routine I have setup.

Nothing to see here. Move along please.
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Are you on the beta program or have IFTTT set up?....my only guesses.
I just asked my Google Home Mini to play BBC Radio 4, by saying: "Hey Google. Radio 4". I think that I usually say "Hey Google, Play BBC Radio 4".

Its response was very interesting:

"I looked for Radio 4 on Sonos but it couldn't be found."
I keep waiting for google integration as well and keep buying more Sonos speakers. Google integration was a big selling point to me at one time. I even purchased a Google home mini which is currently sitting in a drawer in my bedroom. At this point I don’t know if I care anymore.

Whoever is the cause for the delay is Amazon gain.

I now have Sonos speakers throughout my home and amazon dots in just about every room. All my TVs now have Fire sticks. Combine everything with Lutron switches and I’m happy. As a consumer I’m going to choice what works for me. Sonos was able to keep me as a customer because the product delivers from a music standpoint. Frankly I’m not terribly happy with the Alexa intergration which is why I have multiple dots and no Sonos Ones.

The dots are so cheap it was a no brained and it works wonderfully. Between Alexa and Wink I rarely touch a switch of any kind
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I too am waiting for Google integration and am disappointed that they aren't even giving a better target than "2019". How about let's narrow that down to a quarter (IE: Q1 2019).


Well, I'm guessing they don't want to further disappoint customers if they end up having to miss a date a second time. Based on the blog post, they'll lock down a date when they have more control of unknown variables.


Expectations are high as they should be. Sonos is not cheap. It sounds like they need a good project manager in house :D:D


Even a good project manager can't always prevent delays. I'm sure Apple had a good PM on their Homepod, yet that was delayed several months, and was not released with all the features promised. Amazon announced several new echo/alexa related products back in Sept. Quite a few of them are not yet released, and I can't imagine Amazon didn't want them on the virtual shelves for the Christmas season.
I too am waiting for Google integration and am disappointed that they aren't even giving a better target than "2019". How about let's narrow that down to a quarter (IE: Q1 2019).

Expectations are high as they should be. Sonos is not cheap. It sounds like they need a good project manager in house :D:D
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I've given in for now & swapped 2 of my Sonos 1s for these
https://www.hughes.co.uk/product/audio/hifi-and-speakers/multiroom-audio/onkyo/vcgx30w

They sound superb & seamless Google Assistant built in. Bargain at the moment


All they need is a better looking design. I do like the Airplay feature.
How did you find this? I don't recall seeing any marketing hype around this product at all.


Yea, those things are quite hideous indeed. I hate that silly bulge.

I'll keep waiting on Sonos. For now, I've got one of my more used Play 5's hooked to a few Harmony activities. From there I've set a Routine in Google Assistant to allow me a kick-off certain playlists/stations with a few common language phrases like "Hey Google, play some Jazz music" or "Hey Google, play No Shoes Radio"

Works well enough for now but the Sonos integration is where I'm hoping things really open up the possibilities for us all.

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