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Google Assistant coming to Sonos One, Beam and 'earlier' speakers

It's true. Google's Amazon Alexa-rivalling voice assistant has cropped up on the spec sheets of many products announced at CES this week, including Samsung TVs, JBL's Link Bar and the Klipsch Dolby Atmos soundbar.

While the platform will no doubt arrive on much more kit this year, we now know that will include some Sonos speakers. Today, Google announced that the Assistant is coming to the Sonos One wireless speaker and Sonos Beam soundbar, which launched with Amazon Alexa. 

Interestingly, the company also said that 'earlier speaker models' will be updated to 'work' with the Assistant, so owners of, say, the Play:1, Play:5, Playbase or Playbar could be in luck. As they don't have microphones to pick up voice commands, though, you'll almost certainly need a microphone-toting middle-man device (such as a smartphone or Google Assistant smart speaker) to control it.

It didn't say when, but as Google's announcement focused on the brand's 2019 activity, we know it'll be sometime this year.

The Google Assistant update will allow owners of those select Sonos speakers who use Google's smart home ecosystem to play playlists, podcasts and radio stations hands-free just by using their voice.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.