Sonos plans to do away with its wired network requirement, retiring the Sonos Bridge for most users by finally connecting to a music listener's WiFi instead. So far, Sonos has always demanded at least one wired ethernet connection, for a single speaker or Bridge, after which it creates its own proprietary mesh network between the rest of the speakers. Soon, though, that will all change.
Sonos has added Google Play Music support to its streaming speakers, integrating Google's 22m-strong online catalog of tracks into its whole-home system. Unlike previous additions to Sonos, like Spotify, Google Play Music can be controlled for the speakers through either Sonos' own controller app or the Google Play Music app itself on an Android device.
There’s a new Sonos controller app out there this week, one delivered for users to take command of their local audio from their smartphone with ease. This app is updated with a new design and extra-simple interface, a new universal search feature, and an update period of "this spring". Android users can test the app today, supposing they’re OK with the Beta state of the software.
A team of former Google employees are taking on Sonos with a new music streamer, aiming to do for whole-home media playback what Google's own Chromecast did for easy video access. Beep is up for preorder now, a stylized volume knob that's actually a touch-sensitive control, and which funnels music over your WiFi network to whichever speakers you plug in. Then, using Beep's control apps for iOS and Android, users can pipe audio from Pandora and their phone or tablet.
LG is taking on Sonos with a new range of streaming home audio speakers, offering whole-home music playback. Shown off at CES 2014 NP8540 and NP8740 pack 40W and 70W respectively, with both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the ability to create a mesh network to expand coverage beyond the range of your WiFi network.
Once upon a time, Sonos was a tough sell. Whole-house streaming audio had its appeal, certainly, but it was also expensive. The wireless audio market has come on strong since the first Sonos all-in-one speaker, the PLAY:5, in 2009 though, and with Apple's AirPlay, not to mention various WiFi and Bluetooth models from rivals, it's time for a new entry-level option, the Sonos PLAY:1. At $199.99 apiece it's Sonos' most affordable speaker yet, billed as not only the ideal accessory for smaller rooms, but well-suited to act as the rear surround pair to the PLAYBAR. Competition is strong, though, so does the PLAY:1 do enough to keep Sonos ahead of the pack? Read on for the full SlashGear review.
Sonos new baby, the PLAY:1, for its wireless streaming range doesn't come as a great surprise - we showed you exactly what it looks like last week - but the $199.99 bathroom-friendly speaker is certainly welcome. On sale from today, the $200 entry-level option to Sonos whole-home audio range serves a few roles in the line-up: a more affordable model for smaller rooms and first-time buyers; a cheaper way to set up a stereo pair; and as the perfect rear surround speaker accompaniment to the Sonos PLAYBAR we reviewed in March.
Bose has launched a whole-home streaming music system to take on Sonos, Bose SoundTouch, pushing locally-stored and internet music to multiple speakers over a WiFi connection. The three speakers in the new streaming range - the SoundTouch 30, the SoundTouch 20, and the SoundTouch Portable which is the only model with an integrated battery - aim to make finding favorite stations more straightforward with six preset buttons on each unit. Once set up, the presets are synchronized across every speaker in the network, with the source shown on an OLED display on the front.
Sonos's entry-level Play:1 speaker surprise was spoiled by Target, and now we can see what's going on inside the box, too. Target isn't processing any sales until October 13th, but SlashGear reader Steve managed to pick up a Play:1 ahead of time through eBay, and has shared some photos of the $199.99 streaming speaker with us. Check out more pictures - including comparisons with the Play:3 - after the cut.