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Sonos is reportedly preparing to unveil its own voice assistant, which will allow users to play and control music on the company’s speakers and audio platforms.
The voice assistant will be part of an upcoming software update for Sonos devices, available to US customers on January 1st. The edge reported Wednesday. An international rollout will follow.
Sonos Voice will serve as an alternative assistant to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, both of which are supported on the company’s speakers.
Unlike other voice assistants on the market, everything happens on the device. The voice assistant does not record audio commands or send them to the cloud for processing. Additionally, Sonos tests have shown that the assistant – which wakes up with the phrase “Hey Sonos” – is faster than the competition on core music tasks.
The edge reports that Sonos Voice will allow users to control music playback apple music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Deezer and Sonos Radio. Spotify and YouTube Music are currently not signed up to support Voice Assistant.
Sonos hasn’t confirmed the authenticity of the voice assistant news, but there are plenty of signs the company has been working on such a platform — including job offers for voice-related roles.