As you can already do with Alexa on the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, you'll be able to use Google Assistant to start music playing on any Sonos speaker, whether or not that model has a mic (but you'll need to have at least one Sonos One or Sonos Beam on your network). Sonos has wanted to bring multiple voice assistants to its products, that way it is able to appeal to all of its users.
It's safe to assume that what's happening is likely a limited A/B test conducted by Google, so if you don't see the new design on your smartphone, don't fret.
Google Assistant is undoubtedly the most versatile virtual assistant available now. The company's legacy speakers can be controlled from a Google Home Mini, Nest Hub, smart phone or any other device with Google Assistant on board.
Once my devices receive the update, I'll report back if there are any issues.
The smart speaker maker is adding Google Assistant after first integrating Amazon's Alexa assistant in late 2017.
In a letter to shareholders on May 9, 2019, Sonos revealed it will roll out the feature, starting with the US market before expanding to others in the next few months. And they'll be able to use voice commands to skip to the next track in the playlist, change the volume, or pause the music playing on any of the music services that Sonos now supports.
Sonos also supports Assistant features like continued conversation (so you don't have to keep saying "Hey Google") and broadcast mode.
When I first reviewed the Sonos One, I wrote that it was a promise for the future as the out of the box functionality was great, but would really only be fully realised once both voice assistants were enabled. We imagine a day where we'll have multiple voice assistants operating concurrently on the same device, and we're committed to making that happen as soon as possible.
While it's bad news for those outside of the United States, as Google Assistant is launching stateside first, there is a bit of good news.
"We experienced a temporary outage for some of our customers this morning as a result of the firmware update to Sonos players", the company said in a statement to CNET. Simply navigate to "voice services" and select the Google Assistant. And with this new addition, consumers will also have to make a choice: Each Sonos One or Beam can only have one default voice assistant, which has to be selected in the Sonos app.