When Sonos purchased a privacy-focused Snips voice assistant in 2019, it strongly implied that it planned to create an assistant that “would add to our customers’ ease of use and control” instead of facing bigger ones. assistants from other large tech companies. Almost two years later, we might be on the verge of using the company’s local assistant, as one Reddit user discovered. code in the Sonos app which appears to display voice commands for Sonos Voice Control (Going through Protocol).
Depending on the code strings, you will be able to do things like play and pause music, adjust the volume, and check your Sonos battery. The Reddit user also found what appears to be Sonos’ Assistant logo and evidence to suggest that you will be able to activate it alongside Amazon’s Alexa, but not alongside the Google Assistant. You can see the icons in the images below (the Sonos voice assistant icon looks remarkably similar to Alexa’s).
This isn’t the first hint that a voice assistant made by Sonos might be imminent: the company published a poll earlier this year regarding a “potential new product offering” called (you guessed it!) Sonos Voice Control. According to the survey, to activate the assistant, all you need to do is say “Hey Sonos”, and all orders will be processed locally on the device. Sonos Voice Control and Alexa are said to work on the same speaker, according to the survey.
Sonos is also engaged in a legal battle with Google, suing the search giant in January 2020 for allegedly copying its speaker technology. Additionally, Sonos also reports that Google is preventing Alexa and Google Assistant from being used side-by-side on Sonos speakers. By offering its own voice assistant, Sonos could allow customers to have multiple assistants at once.
“We don’t comment on rumors or speculation, but as previously reported, our team is working on ways to improve the voice control experience on Sonos,” a company spokesperson said. The edge.