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Sonos spreads the Alexa love to all its existing speakers

Sonos has refreshed its product range with a new entry-level speaker, but it's upgrading existing speakers too.

Owners of current Sonos speakers can get voice control via Amazon Alexa through a free software update that's being rolled out today. All that's required is an Alexa-enabled device (like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot) and the Sonos skill for Alexa.

Also happening this very day is a refresh of the Sonos App - and in the coming months, it'll be possible to control your Sonos kit from music service apps like Tidal and Pandora when they appear on the Sonos App.

Apple AirPlay 2 is due on Sonos too, but not until early next year. By then, the company's new retail stores in London and Berlin should be up and running.


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Simon Lucas is a freelance technology journalist and consultant, with particular emphasis on the audio/video aspects of home entertainment. Before embracing the carefree life of the freelancer, he was editor of What Hi-Fi? – since then, he's written for titles such as GQ, Metro, The Guardian and Stuff, among many others.