Sonos has announced that Amazon’s Alexa will be launching on compatible Sonos devices in additional countries, giving listeners a new way to control their speakers using their voice. Alexa will provide more listeners an easy way to play music, set timers and alarms, check the weather, control compatible smart home devices, and more with simple commands. Launching on devices via a free software update this spring, the new voice feature will be available in 27 additional markets: Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.
“We believe nothing should get between you and your audio content – that’s why Sonos is committed to giving listeners effortless ways to connect to the content they love,” says Joe van Zyl, Senior Director, Product Management. “We’ve seen how our customers enjoy being able to use Alexa on their Sonos speakers for voice requests they know and love, such as streaming their favourite music and controlling other devices in their smart home. We’re thrilled to bring Alexa to more listeners around the world.”
Newly supported countries will have access to the Alexa ‘International Version’, giving listeners simple voice control in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Customers have the ability to choose their preferred voice service for each individual speaker, and even multiple voice services on a single system for compatible devices. Last year, the company introduced Sonos Voice Control, a fast and private way to control music in the United States and France, with additional countries to follow. In collaboration with Amazon to further voice interoperability, the same service is able to work concurrently alongside Alexa.
Listeners can enjoy Alexa on a choice of voice-enabled devices, including Sonos Roam, Move, Arc, Beam, Five, and One.