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Sonos will soon be completely wireless

The news of Sonos adding Google Play Music support last week has nothing on this latest revelation. The wireless speaker maker has formally announced that it will be transitioning its SonosNet system to a total wireless setup, at least when possible, finally doing away with any need for network cables.

Sonos update adds Google Play Music support

Google Play Music support has arrived on Sonos this morning. The support will be available for those using the Android app, as well as the controller app on a desktop. And interestingly, you'll also be able to stream Play Music (to a Sonos setup) direct from the Play Music app in the same way you have been streaming to a Chromecast.

Sonos 5.0 for Android: getting started and first look

Sonos has unveiled the latest version of their Android app. This release will bring what is being referred to as a "sleek" new design, and universal search. Users can begin playing with this latest version as of today, but they will need to be willing to run a beta release. Sonos expects this to reach the Play Store as a non-beta release in the "spring."

Sonos for Android update brings support for audio stored on your device

Sonos has returned with another app update for Android users. While the focus with Sonos often seems to have you pulling music from the cloud, the focus of this update brings the ability to play audio files that are stored on your handset. This includes regular music tracks as well as any podcasts that you may have downloaded. Anyway, this update is already available by way of the Google Play Store and will bring the app up to version 4.1.1.

Sonos Controller for Android updated: SD install supported

Sonos has updated its Sonos Controller for Android app, adding in much-requested support for installing the software to your phone or tablet's SD card. There are also various new native languages supported, including Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Swedish. Otherwise functionality is much as it was before, which means the ability to remotely control one or multiple Sonos units around the home or office from your phone. Sonos supports either synchronized playback of a single track across all units, or different music playing in each zone. As well as accessing locally-stored content from a PC, Mac or NAS on the home network, it can stream music from thousands of internet radio stations as well as from digital jukebox services like Spotify. Sonos has also unveiled its new, entry-level streaming music speaker, the PLAY:3, priced at $299 (shown above). The Sonos BRIDGE network adapter has seen a price cut to $49.

Sonos releases Controller for Android app

The Sonos Controller for Android app has finally made it into the Android Market, being available to download today. Delayed a little from its original release schedule in March, the app allows Android 2.1 or above devices to control the Sonos multi-room audio system, just as the existing dedicated remotes or the iOS apps. We played with the beta version of the app back in February and came away mightily impressed. You'll need a device with an HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854 display in order to use it, along with some Sonos kit of course. Meanwhile Sonos is also adding AirPlay support; you can find m [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a] Press Release:
Sonos Controller for Android Now available on Android Market Sonos Gives Android Fans Amazing Sound, Unlimited Music and Incredible Wireless Control in Every Room of the Home London, UK – April 19, 2011 – Sonos, the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today announced that the Sonos Controller for Android is now available for download as a free app on the Android Market™. Sonos Controller for Android transforms most Android™ smartphones into a wireless music controller for the award-winning Sonos Multi-Room Music System. To see a video on how you can use an Android smartphone to control music all over the home with Sonos, please visit www.sonos.com/android. “We’re pleased to deliver a great new way for music lovers to tap into all the music on earth,” said John MacFarlane, founder and CEO, Sonos, Inc. “Now Android owners can pull out their phones and bring music home with Sonos.” With the award-winning Sonos S5 in any room and an Android smartphone in hand, music fans can now enjoy an unmatched wireless music experience in the home. Access and play all the music on earth – from the Internet and your personal music library – throughout the home, wirelessly. Play the same song in every room of the house – perfectly synchronized. Or mix it up and play different songs in different rooms. Use the free Sonos Controller for Android to control the music in each room, all from the palm of your hand. Search for songs and stations by typing, or by speaking, thanks to the new Sonos music voice search feature. Also, turn the hard buttons on the Android smartphone into volume control. And because your Android phone is controlling the music – not the source of it – when a text comes in or you need to make a phone call, the music doesn’t stop. The Sonos Controller for Android works on any Android smartphone running Android 2.1 or later with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854. Sonos Controller for Android joins the family of Sonos Controllers which includes free apps for iPhone and iPad, a dedicated touchscreen controller, the Sonos Controller 200, and free software for your Mac or PC, which is included with every ZonePlayer. All controllers work together seamlessly. In conjunction with today’s Sonos Controller for Android availability, Sonos has released Sonos System Software v3.4 which features support for Apple AirPlay music sources, iOS multi-tasking and more. For more details, see additional press release or visit: http://sonos.com/support/software_update.aspx

Sonos Controller for Android delayed

Sonos has confirmed delays in the release of the Android controller app, which will now arrive sometime in April. Originally the company had promised to release it this month. "We know you’re anxiously awaiting the Sonos Controller for Android. Unfortunately, testing the app is taking a bit longer than we anticipated" Andrew Schulert, Vice President of quality at Sonos says. "The latest addition to our free controller line-up won’t arrive until April, but when it does, it is going to rock." More info on the app here. [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a]

Sonos Controller for Android hands-on [Video]

Sonos has been promising an Android controller app for a while now, and we've just had a chance to go hands on with the software at the pre-MWC ShowStoppers event. Headed to the Android Market in March as a free download, the app does everything we're familiar with from the iOS version for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, but also gets some extra functionality by virtue of Google's more flexible attitude towards hardware. So, the volume buttons on the side of the handset - in this case a demo Nexus S - will work to control the master volume or the zone volume when you're in the Sonos app, and there's integration with Google's voice search functionality too. That allows you to search for a specific artist, track or album simply by saying the name out loud (of course, you can always use the on-screen keyboard instead). [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a] Functionally, it all works just as well as the Apple version, and navigating between two different zones - in this case Sonos S5 players - was a matter of tapping and picking a track to play. There's nothing here that will spoil Sonos' reputation of solid, straightforward usability. The company has promised a review copy when it comes out of final beta, so we'll save our final opinion for then, but so far things look great. [gallery]
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