Bad news for those with Sonos speakers. The Google Assistant won’t be available on your devices until next year.
Sonos had originally planned to integrate Google’s voice assistant with its smart speakers some time in 2018. But on Thursday, the vendor announced it had to push back the timetable.
“The reality is that we need a bit more time to get the experience right and will now look to lock down a date in 2019, and we’re continuing to make good progress,” the company said in a blog post.
As a consolation, Sonos will let interested customers test the Google Assistant integration as part of a private beta; you can sign up here. “We ask that beta testers commit to at least 14 hours of listening per week, use 10 voice commands daily, and respond to surveys within 72 hours,” the company said.
Sonos plans on conducting the upcoming beta test among a few hundred homes, and then a few thousand, in the coming months.
The Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers were originally scheduled to support Google Assistant this year, offering an additional way to control them with voice commands. Currently, the two devices only support Amazon Alexa and Apple’s AirPlay.
Sonos didn’t offer much detail about why the integration has taken so long. In its blog post, Sonos merely said: “Together with Google, we’ve learned a lot, and are confident the integration will be worth the wait.”