Connected speaker firm Sonos on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Snips, a voice assistant startup focusing specializing in on-device natural language processing. Prior to its acquisition, Snips was working on a platform to launch dedicated voice assistants on smart speakers and other devices, the report said. Unlike products marketed by most major manufacturers, including Amazon and Google, Snips' technology does not rely on cloud processing as a bulk of voice recognition and natural language computations are performed on a host device. The solution could keep sensitive data out of the cloud in a fashion similar to Apple's Siri. Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said Snips tech will be used for music-related tasks, though he was purposely vague on what, exactly, Sonos plans to accomplish with an on-board voice assistant. He did say, however, that his company does not intend on competing with Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant, both of which are accessible with certain Sonos speakers.
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For Sonos owners, this means they can now use Siri to turn their Sonos system on and off, group speakers, and play Sonos Favorites by using the free Yonomi App and Siri Shortcuts. When you open the Yonomi App, run Discovery to confirm that all of your Sonos devices are linked to your Yonomi account. When you run this Routine, all of the speakers you listed will automatically create a Sonos group. This will ungroup these speakers from any previously created groups. You can also create a Routine that only plays certain speakers, e. Your Routine is now ready to use with any Yonomi-compatible device linked to your Yonomi account. You can also use Yonomi and Siri to run Routines that play specific radio stations or albums saved to your Sonos Favorites. Next, in the Sonos app on your mobile device or in the Sonos Controller for desktop, add your preferred radio station or playlist to your Sonos Favorites. When you run this Routine, all of the speakers you listed will automatically create a Sonos group and begin playing the Sonos Favorite. You can also create a Routine that only plays the Favorite on certain speakers, e.
Let us take you back to a darker time - circa - when Sonos users were imprisoned in one of the worst ecosystems: an app so bad it was borderline unusable; a requirement to run every speaker through a bridge. Read this: The best AirPlay 2 speakers. In fact, using AirPlay 2 you can circumvent the Sonos app entirely and still group your speakers together. You can also group your Sonos speakers with Apple's HomePod. You can also get older Sonos speakers working with AirPlay 2. If you haven't done so already, you're going to need to update your Sonos speakers.
Siri fans can now ask their phones to play music to the Sonos Beam, One, Playbase or Play:5 speakers. This follows the company demonstrating Siri and Alexa working at the same time when launching the Beam. Sonos' One and Beam speakers already include Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, which you can speak to through their onboard microphones. Google Assistant will be added at a later date.