The Google Assistant isn’t anything new on wireless speakers but Sonos is the one brand curiously missing from the crowd. Sonos has promised that the Google Assistant would be coming but we’ve yet to see it.
In a new blog post, Sonos explains they are still working hard to make it happen. Sonos says they are working with Google to bring the Google Assistant to its speakers and have finally entered the beta testing stages. The company originally planned to ship the Google experience in 2018 but say they need more time to make it right.
While we originally planned to have the experience ready to ship in 2018, the reality is that we need a bit more time to get the experience right and will now look to lock down a date in 2019, and we’re continuing to make good progress.
If you’re interested in helping us kick the tires — and willing to put in the time and effort — you can sign up to be considered for the private beta here. We ask that beta testers commit to at least 14 hours of listening per week, use 10 voice commands daily, and respond to surveys within 72 hours.
Once we screen all the applicants — a process that will take a few weeks — our next step will be to start testing the experience in a few hundred homes at first, and a few thousand homes in the coming months. Our intent is to get important feedback from listeners in the real world before we launch.
We’re very excited to see Google Assistant come to life on Sonos, and we know our customers are too. Indeed, it’s easily one of the questions we get the most from customers, press, and even in the comments on our Instagram feed: When is Google Assistant coming to Sonos? We’re listening. Together with Google, we’ve learned a lot, and are confident the integration will be worth the wait.