Sonos Launches Voice Assistant, but it Won’t Rival Alexa. Finally, Sonos has unveiled its voice control, a voice assistant that would allow you to control your speaker’s activity using only your voice.
Sonos Launches Voice Assistant, but it Won’t Rival Alexa
Voice control is nothing new when it comes to Speakers – the Sonos One comes with an inbuilt Google Assistant and Alexa controls and your sound system can be paired with an external smart speaker to issue them commands. But at the moment, Sonos is billing its very own voice controls the best way to get you your sound system using verbal instructions.
Before the announcement came, Techrader’s Matt Bolton was given the chance to speak with Sonos’s product creation leader Brandon Holley and got some interesting details concerning the new feature.
Sonos Focuses More on Privacy
The first thing that was admitted by Holley is that the new system “is not an Alexa competitor”. The voice control only offers Sonos Speaker Users a much simpler and speedy way to control their setup.
With that stated, it is expected to feature one big improvement: much better than privacy. Voice control would not pose much of privacy risk to its users as Holley explains “We’re not sending transcripts of audio to the cloud – the entire thing is being carried out locally.
Holly went further to add that the team’s hope is that this would make Sonos speaker owners more comfortable making use of the voice control. Not only because it’s easy to use but because it would not be sending your recording off to an external Sonos server.
This follows its previous Sonos speakers’ footstep in its concern for your privacy – the Sonos One SL dropped the microphone entirely and shaved $50 off the price for folks who happen to be leery about the potential intrusion on their privacy.
How Does it Work
As stated by Sonos, All microphone-equipped products dating back to the Sonos One should possess the ability to make use of the assistant after an update.
If you want to get the attention of the Assistant, all you have to say is ‘Hey Sonos’ and then ask it to play music from Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, or Pandora. At the moment, there is no Spotify on the list of supported services, but that could change at a much later date.
While other smart speakers offer a way to tap into your smart home or an ever-expanding Knowledge graph, Sonos Wants its voice assistant to primarily focus on getting you to your music as fast as it can and allowing you to control that music. One example of a command that the Sonos voice assistant has those other smart speakers lack is that it can move music from one speaker to another or play the song available on every speaker in the house using just a simple voice command.
We would need to spend some more time with the platform before you would be able to perform a withdrawal. Any conclusions, but in absolutely bursting with similar-performing Alexa and Google Assistant devices, Soon enough, Sonos would soon possess something that no one else possesses.
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