At an eventuality in San Francisco on Wednesday (June 6), a home-audio association Sonos launched an affordable, Alexa-powered TV sound bar. But a smaller proclamation during a eventuality was maybe some-more interesting, and solidified a company’s evidence that we unequivocally don’t need to dash out for Apple’s initial smart-home speaker, a HomePod.
Sonos pronounced that it will integrate Apple’s new AirPlay 2 connectivity customary into a newer orator models in July. The association has already partnered with Amazon to move Alexa to a Sonos One speaker, and there are plans to confederate Google’s Assistant after this year, as well. Although AirPlay 2 connectivity doesn’t meant that Sonos owners will now have Siri built into their inclination (as they have with Alexa), they will be means to speak to those inclination indirectly by Siri on an iPhone they’ve connected to a Sonos. It’s not generally seamless—the iPhone needs to be circuitously a Sonos, for example—but it arrange of works.
In addition, with a new AirPlay 2 standard, when we do use Apple Music to play songs on a Sonos, a speakers will have a larger bargain of what’s personification than a comparison devices. For example, you’ll be means to ask Alexa what strain is personification on Apple Music, and ask it to postponement or skip tracks. (Similar functionality isn’t nonetheless accessible with Google Assistant.) Of course, this won’t be as seamless an knowledge as
In addition, a HomePod can’t play from any source other than Apple Music, unless we bond a orator regulating AirPlay. So if we use Spotify or any other streaming service, a HomePod is no some-more useful than a Sonos or any other wireless speaker. And if we wish to bond adult another audio device to a HomePod (say, a record actor or non-smart TV), you’re out of luck—there’s no auxiliary submit on a speaker.
The box for selecting a HomePod over any other wireless orator was already pretty flimsy, though deliberation there are now other intelligent speakers that can play Apple Music and that we can control with voice commands, there’s unequivocally no good reason left during all. At slightest it has a good energy cable, we guess.