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Amazon Echo speakers in UK, Germany and Austria gets Voice Call update

06 October 2017

Launching October 24, buyers in the UK, Germany and U.S. will be able to control the speaker with Amazon Alexa, with integrated support for Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM and TuneIn. The current Play:1 already offers better sound quality than the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, so the Sonos One seems to be really aiming for audiophiles and fans of Sonos' previous speakers.

With well over a decade of experience delivering music to our homes, Sonos is well-positioned to simply add voice as a new control option to their platform-agnostic system whereas other vendors are still working to play catch-up in the music streaming department.

After shaking up the Hi-Fi retail space in New York, Sonos has committed to opening lookalike stores in London and Berlin.

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The Sonos One smart speaker will support Amazon Alexa at launch and Google Assistant in 2018.

Louis Anderson-Rich is Mixmag's Digital Producer.

The firm also announced this week that existing Songs speaker owners will also be receiving Amazon Alexa support. It works with Alexa out of the box, and actually lowers the music when consumers are addressing it to make sure no one has to shout their voice commands.

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"We're excited to work with Sonos to bring the power of Alexa and far-field voice control to help customers find and enjoy incredible sounding music".

In addition to Alexa's normal abilities you'll have increased control using Sonos' own ecosystem. The last two should enable some smart home functionality, especially with the more powerful Echo Plus.

The Sonos One is priced at $199.99 and is expected to begin shipping on October 24. Amazon also revealed that it will be launching its in-house Prime Music service very soon in India. Incidentally, Amazon launched the speakers on the same day Google is slated to hold its hardware event where it is rumoured to launch the new Pixel phones along with a Google Home Mini speakers, which is supposedly much like the Echo Dot. Sonos One thus fits seamlessly into your home Sonos system and is created to unlock voice control for the entire Sonos home sound system.

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However, the sad part is you can't go to Amazon and purchase an Echo speaker like every other product, because Amazon, for now, will be selling the three products as invite-only products.

Amazon Echo speakers in UK, Germany and Austria gets Voice Call update