New Sonos app goes live on iOS and Android

Sonos has today officially launched its new controller app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

The new Sonos controller app has been available in beta on Android since it was announced back in March but is now available to download as a free update via the Google Play Store or iTunes.

The main new feature on the new look app is Universal Search (see below, as on the Apple iPhone and iPad), which runs your searches across all your available music services and allows you to isolate results by artist, track, album and more.

Also new are various Now Playing shortcuts, which help you better manage playlists, turn on/off shuffle, save tracks to your favourites, and more.

Last year Sonos launched the Playbar and Play:1 in a busy and successful year of hardware updates, and now Sonos is billing 2014 as the year of software, having confirmed that there would be no new Sonos products this year.

Last month the company revealed it was working on software updates that would remove the need for a wired connection for your first Sonos speaker.

Sonos now has 38 music streaming services available worldwide (territory dependent) including recent additions such as Google Play Music, Beats Music and

The new Sonos app is now available for Apple and Android devices, with the desktop controller software due to be refreshed later in the year.

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Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).