Sonos announced last year that it would bring Google Assistant support to the Sonos One in 2018. It said that Assistant on the Sonos One would work the same as it does on any other device. The announcement was made after it added support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Sonos today confirmed that it’s delaying Assistant support until next year.
The company said today that it planned to have Assistant ready to ship in 2018. However, it says that “we need a bit more time to get the experience right.” Sonos now promises to lock down a date in 2019 and adds that it’s making good progress in that regard.
Those who are interested in helping the company with this can now sign up to be considered for the private beta. Beta testers will be required to commit to at least 14 hours of listening per week, use 10 voice commands daily, and respond to surveys within 72 hours.
It says that the process to screen applicants for the private beta will take a few weeks. Once that’s done, it will test the experience in a few hundred homes first before rolling it out to a few thousand homes in the coming months. It aims to get important feedback from listeners in the real world before launching this to the public.