Sonos Has Started Beta Testing Google Assistant Integration, Will Launch This Year

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That is the fact that the Google Assistant is coming to the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, later this year. These include Google Maps, Google Play Store, Gmail and YouTube, but it cannot be ruled out that in the future, others may arrive at this point. This app is part of the "Google Play" Android app bundle, so it's included in the box in pretty much every Android phone sold outside of China. In comparison, Android users can simply use their device's built-in Assistant.

You didn't really think Google would let Amazon dominate the headlines with news of Alexa-powered device sales achievements for very long, now, did you? Google Assistant will be directly integrated into speakers with voice input, while older models will work in conjunction with Google Home and similar smart speakers. Additionally, Android users can use Assistant with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, and Android Messages.

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Both Apple and Google have been trying to get people to buy their smart home speakers, but Amazon has sold way more devices in this category. To further expand the reach of the Assistant, Google says it wants to target feature phones next. (And you may decide to get that capability disabled for security reasons.) Once you do, you'll be able to set alarms, schedule reminders, check your calendar and other tasks you previously had to unlock your phone to access. Google is working to integrate similar e-commerce features into Assistant.

Google has nearly doubled the number of Google Assistant enabled devices over the past year, according to the company, which states that it will soon reach one billion Google Assistant enables devices. One of those devices is the DISH Hopper, this is going to allow you to search for content based on the actor, genre, title or channel, using your voice. You can speak to Bixby with your Samsung TV remote control, but not the others.

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