8 smart speakers to look forward to in 2019

8 smart speakers to look forward to in 2019

The next 12 months should see some major updates for our favorite smart home products

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What all of these devices — the Echos and Home Hubs of this world — have in common is a voice assistant and the ability to control our homes. The assistants got smarter in 2018, and will continue to do so in 2019, while their ability to take control of evermore aspects of our homes will doubtless continue into the new year.

Although these products are generally not on the same regimented annual upgrade cycle as smartphones, where version two follows version three as surely as day follows night, we can still look ahead to what might be launched in 2019 with some certainty.

Here are the smart home products we're looking forward to the most in 2019.

Sonos finally gets Google Assistant


Here's something we know for sure will be happening in 2019 - the Google Assistant will be coming to Sonos speakers, including the One and the Beam sound bar.

Sonos first said the assistant would be joining Alexa on the One speaker when it launched a year ago, but this update was delayed repeatedly through 2018. Now though, it is being used by beta testers and will be rolled out to all Sonos One and Sonos Beam owners in early-2019.

Once installed, owners will be able to pick whether they use Alexa or the Google Assistant, but it isn't yet know if you will be able to speak to both at once, or choose the one you want from the Sonos smartphone app.

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