Sonos today announced that its One, Beam, Playbase, and second-generation Play:5 speakers now support AirPlay 2, as promised.
This marks the first time Sonos speakers have supported AirPlay in general, enabling users to easily stream audio from iTunes on Mac, and virtually any app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, including Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify, Hulu, Pandora, and Netflix, to compatible Sonos speakers over Wi-Fi.
AirPlay allows for Siri control of Apple Music or Podcasts playback on compatible Sonos speakers via iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, HomePod, and Apple TV. For example, one could say „Hey Siri, play Beats 1 Radio in the bedroom,“ after the [...]
In an effort that would give future Echo speakers with Alexa a new advantage over Apple’s HomePod, Reuters today reports that Amazon is working with chipmakers to build Alexa speakers that would not require a constant power source. As it stands, most smart assistant devices — Amazon’s main Echo, Apple HomePod, Google Home, etc — require a constant draw of power due to their always-on microphones listening for the user’s voice commands, among other reasons.
Now, Amazon has partnered with chipmaker DSP Group to build a standardized chip that is „a little smaller than a U.S. 10-cent coin“ and optimized for lower power consumption. [...]
Following yesterday’s announcement from Sonos that AirPlay 2 will be coming to its speakers this July, more details about the company’s partnership with IKEA have now emerged, after first being revealed in December. In a press release shared by the Swedish furniture maker, the two companies detail a „long-term partnership“ that’s beginning with a new range of speakers called „Symfonisk“ (via The Verge).
A few non-functional prototypes of Symfonisk were showcased at IKEA’s Democratic Design Day event in Sweden, and the company says that the Wi-Fi speaker system will fully integrate with Sonos‘ existing products as well as [...]
Sonos is planning to implement AirPlay 2 support for its speakers starting this July, the company announced today at an event unveiling new technology.
Sonos has previously said that AirPlay 2 will be available on the Sonos One, the second-generation Play:5, the Playbase, and future products.
Older Sonos speakers will not support AirPlay 2 on their own due to processor limitations, but they can be paired with the Playbase, the Play:5, or the Sonos One to enable AirPlay 2 functionality. A Sonos Play:1 grouped with a Sonos One, for example, will support AirPlay 2.
Sonos today also announced that Amazon Alexa works with its devices starting now in multiple [...]