Sonos and Amazon to expand access to voice control with Alexa on Sonos devices
Sonos announced that Amazon’s Alexa will be launching on compatible Sonos devices in additional countries, giving listeners a new and seamless way to control their Sonos speakers using their voice. Alexa will provide more listeners an easy way to play music, set timers and alarms, check the weather, control compatible smart home devices, and more with simple commands. Launching on Sonos devices via a free software update this spring, the new voice feature will be available in 27 additional markets: Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.
“We believe nothing should get between you and your audio content - that’s why Sonos is committed to giving listeners effortless ways to connect to the content they love,” said Joe van Zyl, Senior Director, Product Management. “We’ve seen how our customers enjoy being able to use Alexa on their Sonos speakers for voice requests they know and love, such as streaming their favorite music and controlling other devices in their smart home. We’re thrilled to bring Alexa to more listeners around the world.”
Newly supported countries will have access to Alexa International Version, giving listeners simple voice control in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
- Say it to play it: Enjoy seamless, hands-free control of music and TV content with simple commands like, “Alexa, play jazz music,” or “Alexa, pause the movie.” Alexa International Version is compatible with Amazon Music, Spotify, and TuneIn for music streaming and Amazon Prime Video and Netflix for video streaming.
- Seize the day: Stay organized with an easy way to set timers and alarms, add events to a shared calendar, adjust a shopping list, get a cookie recipe, and more. Jumpstart your day by asking Alexa to check the weather or share a flash briefing of today’s news.
- Dial in your home: Create the ideal home environment by controlling your lighting, smart plugs, thermostats, security cameras, and more with your voice.
Sonos customers have the ability to choose their preferred voice service for each individual speaker, and even multiple voice services on a single system for compatible devices. Last year, Sonos introduced Sonos Voice Control, a new fast and private way to control music on Sonos speakers, in the United States and France, with additional countries to follow. In collaboration with Amazon to further voice interoperability, Sonos Voice Control is able to work concurrently alongside Alexa.
Listeners can enjoy Alexa on an array of Sonos voice-enabled devices, including Sonos Roam, Move, Arc, Beam, Five, and One.
For more information, visit sonos.com, and follow along on @sonos.