Sonos is delaying support for Google Assistant until 2019

Joanna Estrada
November 3, 2018

After screening applicants, the company says it'll start testing in a "few hundred homes" before ramping up to a few thousand "in the coming months".

Sonos announced a little over a year ago that it was aiming to add Google Assistant support to its connected speakers in 2018. "We're very excited to see Google Assistant come to life on Sonos, and we know our customers are too".

This week the folks at Sonos seem to have finally gotten onboard with delivering their Google Assistant update.

"While we originally planned to have the experience ready to ship in 2018, the reality is that we need a bit more time to get the experience right and will now look to lock down a date in 2019, and we're continuing to make good progress". As a result, the company will not push out support for Google Assistant until sometime in 2019. Otherwise, the rest of the world's Sonos users will have to keep waiting for Google Assistant to work with the speakers.

Those interested in helping to further the cause can sign up to be considered for inclusion in a private beta. In order to qualify, Sonos wants you to be able to listen to music for at least 14 hours per week, use 10 voice commands in a day, and respond to surveys they provide within 72 hours. Today, Sonos went back on that announcement and said it would need more time to "get the experience right".

Currently Sonos offers embedded support for Amazon's Alexa assistant in a range of their smart speakers including the Sonos:One, as well as Sonos:Beam sound bar that launched earlier this year.

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