Gadget Lab Podcast: How Sonos Will Compete With, But Also Work With, Amazon and Google

Speaker maker Sonos has stated for awhile now that it desires to stay agnostic within the voice-controlled good house wars, and supply a high-end audio expertise that helps all completely different sorts of software program. But Sonos is in a very fascinating place: It’s each attempting to work with tech corporations like Amazon, Apple, and Google, whereas additionally now competing with them.

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This dynamic is one thing we had the prospect to ask Sonos CEO Patrick Spence about on the Wired 25 pageant just a few weeks in the past, together with the questions on his strategy to innovation and tradition now that Sonos is a publicly-traded firm. We additionally talked about what the way forward for music listening appears to be like like when algorithms are deciding every little thing for you.

We ought to be aware we taped this podcast in mid-October. Since then, Sonos has stated that it’ll not launch Google Assistant on its good audio system in 2018, because it had initially deliberate to do. “The actuality is that we want a bit extra time to get the expertise proper and can now look to lock down a date in 2019,” the corporate stated in a weblog put up. Sounds like being the Switzerland of good audio system could also be a extra daunting job than Sonos anticipated it to be.


Show notes: Check out a few of our latest tales and opinions of Sonos merchandise.

Recommendations this week: Due to the Gadget Lab podcasters all being in several places, we’re skipping this week’s Recommendations roundup. But keep tuned for extra subsequent week.

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