Sonos is today detailing the longer term of its multiroom home audio strategy, which revolves around a replacement app and OS called Sonos S2 which will run on many current Sonos products and be the inspiration for all of the company’s future devices. Sonos S2 are going to be released in June and power “the next generation” of Sonos products and experiences. But it also represents the fork within the road where older, legacy hardware are going to be left behind and stop receiving new features.
Switching to a replacement OS will end in expanded capabilities, consistent with Sonos. Sonos S2 will leave higher-resolution audio, whereas, right now, the company’s speakers are limited to CD-quality lossless audio. The revamped software underpinnings could let Sonos go hi-fi within the same way as Amazon’s Echo Studio. It could also finally end in Sonos adopting Dolby Atmos for home theatre sound within the next Playbar, Playbase, or Beam.
Sonos S2 also will leave usability enhancements (there are going to be improved room groups functionality in June) and “more connected and private experiences,” consistent with the corporate . There aren’t many details on the latter just yet, but in past conversations with Sonos employees, they’ve hinted at a future during which your Sonos speakers might automatically start playing a particular playlist or podcast once you arrive home (or awaken within the morning) supported your listening patterns.
Sonos will still support Alexa and Google Assistant with S2, but considering how contentious its relationship with Amazon and Google has become, you’ve need to figure that the corporate is charting out its own voice assistant future, and S2 could eventually play into that.
This forward-looking plan requires making an opportunity from legacy Sonos products. the corporate has said that these devices will not receive new features as of May since they lack the required processing power, though they’ll still get bug fixes and security patches. “We will work with our partners to stay your music and voice services working for as long as we will ,” Sonos reiterated today. The corporate posted this FAQ on the transition.
But you’ll only be ready to use those legacy products with the old Sonos app once Sonos S2 is released. When that happens, there’ll be two Sonos apps on both Android and iOS: the present app are going to be renamed as Sonos S1 Controller. (To consumers, the newer S2 app will simply be called “Sonos.”) Legacy products will remain on S1, and modern Sonos gear will make the upgrade to S2.
If you simply own recent Sonos speakers, there’s really nothing to stress about: you’ll just migrate to Sonos S2 and ditch the old app. But where things get a touch tricky is once you have both legacy and modern Sonos products in your system. For that scenario, Sonos is giving customers a couple of options to select between:
1) Remove the S1-only products from your system. With only S2 compatible products remaining, you’ll be able to download the new Sonos app in June.
2) Trade up S1-only products to their S2 compatible equivalents. for patrons who choose this feature , we still offer a 30 percent discount as a part of our Trade Up program.
3) Run your existing system on the S1 app. You’ll still get bug fixes and security patches, and that we will work with our partners to stay your music and voice services working for as long as we will .
4) Separate your system into two. We’ll publish detailed instructions for a way to try to to this nearer the time. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to group an S1 system with an S2 system.
Picking number three means your modern Sonos devices will not receive new features — albeit they’re fully capable of supporting them — since the oldest device in your system determines what software runs across the whole thing.
To me, this looks like an honest compromise. during a perfect world, Sonos could keep old and new products working together harmoniously, but it’s not happening. If you’ve got something like an ingenious Play:5 or early Sonos Connect that’s still working great, no one’s forcing you to upgrade or trade it in. you would possibly just need to get creative about deciding the simplest approach for splitting your old and modern Sonos systems apart in your home.
Sonos says S2 will ship on all new products it releases starting in May. The company’s most up-to-date product launches were the portable Sonos Move, Sonos One SL speaker (without built-in microphones), and therefore the Sonos Port. All three were announced back in September.