What you need to know
- Sonos is launching its own voice assistant.
- The voice assistant is expected to be included in a software update rolling out on June 1.
- Sonos wants users to have an option that is "fully private, more personal, and more natural."
Sonos just said, "forget getting Siri, we'll do it live!"
As reported by The Verge, the company is planning to introduce its own voice assistant within the next few weeks, according to people familiar with the situation. According to the report, the feature will enable customers to use Sonos' baked-in voice assistant to control music on the company's speakers.
Sonos reportedly is building the voice assistant as part of the "Sonos Voice Experience" with the intention of making voice interactions with its products "fully private, more personal, and more natural." Its speakers currently work with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, two voice assistants that are not well known for privacy. Speaking of which, YouTube Music and Spotify will reportedly not work with Sonos' voice assistant at launch.
Sonos is also working on a "Home Theater OS" which has sparked rumors that the company may release its own television. We'll have to wait to see if "Hey Sonos" shows up on June 1.
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