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Sonos delays Google Assistant upgrade, and now it wants your help

The assistant was due to join Alexa this year, but now it'll arrive sometime in 2019

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Sonos has delayed bringing the Google Assistant to its smart speakers until an unspecified date in 2019.

The delay come after the audio company spent much of 2018 saying the Google Assistant would join Alexa on some of its newer speakers before the end of the year.

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But now smart home fans will be disappointed to hear of the delay, and Sonos' reluctance to say when the update might arrive. Sonos said its new One speaker which was announced back in October 2017, would launch with Alexa and get the Google Assistant soon after, but this is yet to happen.

The Sonos Beam sound bar, which also has Alexa, is also due to get the Google Assistant via a future software update.

In a company blog post published this week, Sonos said: "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." The company assured customers it was "continuing to make good progress".

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Sonos users are invited to help the company by signing up for a private beta. Customers who use their Alexa-equipped Sonos speaker for at least 14 hours per week will be considered for the beta, during which they will have to use their speaker for at least that amount of time.

They will also have to use at least 10 voice commands with the Google Assistant each day, and respond to surveys distributed by Sonos within 72 hours.

Apple applicants to the beta will be screened, before Sonos invites them to "start testing the experience in a few hundred homes at first, and a few thousand homes in the coming months."

The audio company added: "We're listening. Together with Google, we've learned a lot, and are confident the integration will be worth the wait."

(Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker to see the other compatible products that work with Google Home and Home Mini as well as Amazon Alexa enabled devices.)


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