Sonos One gets Alexa support in Australia

While Sonos One was available in Down Under since the beginning of this year, the voice-enabled speaker was released without any voice support in Australia.

That changes today, however. Sonos has released a free software update that will allow Australian loudspeaker owners to enable Amazon's Alexa assistant on the device, with the firmware side handled directly through the companion application.

Join US U.S., Canada, the UK and Germany Australian users of Sonos One can now issue Alexa commands and make their speakers perform many common tasks of artificial intelligence assistant, the notable exception is the making of phone calls.

"iHeart you, Alexa" [19659002] Music is obviously a key area for Sonos, and audio fans can make Alexa control their Sonos systems with voice support to stream Amazon Music, Spotify tunes , iHeartRadio and TuneIn.

Alexa can also read the latest TEN Eyewitness News headlines, reserve a table at a restaurant through its Dimmi skill, provide Qantas travel updates and, of course, control smart home devices.

Although Sonos speakers now have Audio audible book support users can not start a narration through voice; it must still be initialized with the Sonos application. However, once book playback has started, Alexa can adjust the volume through voice commands.

Sonos also announced that it will continue to add updates during 2018, with the assistance of AirPlay 2 and the Google Assistant before the end of the year.

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