Sonos reveals plans to introduce voice-control through a strategic partnership with Amazon’s Echo.
Beginning in 2017, anyone with an Alexa-enabled device will be able to control Sonos speakers with voice commands. Alexa-enabled devices include the Echo, Echo Tap and the Echo Dot.
This approach allows homebuyers to play their music by speaking commands aloud, instead of controlling everything through the Sonos app.
This new partnership brings together two major names in the TecHome industry. Once support is finalized, builders will be able to offer a professionally-installed, connected product alongside the DIY offering of the Echo.
In a February blog post by Sonos CEO John MacFarlane, he says, “Sonos is taking the long view in how best to bring voice-enabled music experiences into the home. Voice is a big change for us, so we’ll invest what’s required to bring it to market in a wonderful way.”
Integrators and tech enthusiasts are invited to a beta test of the Echo and Sonos integration later this year, with the public beta opening in early 2017. Soon after both beta launches are complete, the integration will hit the market.
Through multiple high-profile industry partnerships, Amazon is quickly carving out a spot as a leading smart home voice assistant platform. Builders can use the Echo to seamlessly offer voice-control with a range of connected devices.
Amazon Echo also integrates with connected sprinkler system Rachio, smart lights from Philips Hue and connected plugs from Samsung and iHome as well as other major names.
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