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The Google Assistant has finally come to Sonos speakers

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Back in October 2017, Sonos unveiled a new speaker called the Sonos One. It aimed to meld the company’s traditional strength—great-sounding music with a multi-room approach—with the newer trend toward smart speakers that let you accomplish a variety of tasks through voice commands. And rather than building its own voice assistant or betting everything on one tech giant’s ecosystem, Sonos announced that the One would support both Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant—with Alexa available at launch and the Google Assistant arriving in 2018.

As 2018 turned into 2019, the company said it needed more time to complete work on the Google Assistant integration. Today, the feature is arriving for U.S. users as a software update for the Sonos One and the Beam soundbar, both of which have the microphones required for voice-assistant functionality.

Why the delay? When Sonos recently demoed the new functionality to me—at a house in Palo Alto........

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