Sonos confirms Alexa voice support coming in 2017

Sonos confirmed a free firmware update will launch later this year, bringing Amazon Alexa voice control to all Sonos speakers.

At an event at the company's Boston HQ, Sonos announced the news teased last year, confirming Alexa support would launch "later this year".

As well as support for Alexa, an early example of which was demonstrated at the event, Sonos said it would support other AI assistants, promising to build an "agnostic voice platform that works with the best voice assistants out there". Google Assistant is already available in a wireless speaker, built with Harman-Kardon.

Sonos also reiterated it was working on a speaker with Alexa voice control integrated, so you won't need to add an extra Amazon device. No doubt this will come after the initial Sonos Alexa support is rolled out.

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Joe Cox
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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).