Sonos Voice Control review: a speedy, private, music-focused assistant - The Verge
Sonos Voice Control is a new smart assistant available on Sonos smart speakers. It lets you control music, group your Sonos speakers together, and more. It’s strictly focused on music and lacks the broad functionality of Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant.
When Sonos Voice Control was announced last month, the company made it abundantly clear that its new voice assistant, free to use on all Sonos smart speakers, isn’t meant to directly compete with Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant. Sonos lacks the size and resources to build any smart assistant that could go toe to toe with the scope of those existing Big Tech platforms. Instead, the company went and bought a voice assistant startup called Snips and remained laser-focused on what it’s good at: music. Sonos Voice Control’s sole purpose is controlling audio playback across the various Sonos speakers around your home.
It can’t tell you the weather or set a timer — the “smartest” thing Sonos Voice Control can do is tell you the time — but its singular focus results in extremely fast performance when playing songs, adjusting volume, or grouping rooms together. And the voice, based on actor Giancarlo Esposito, sounds pleasant, lifelike, and warmer than other voice helpers.