Amazon and Sonos have been working closely for some time to bring Alexa voice control to Sonos’ line of smart speakers. It’s expected that you’ll be able to use any Alexa-enabled device to control playback on any Sonos speaker, without the use of an Alexa Skill. Sonos began testing their Alexa integration last month through their private beta program. Now, a reader, who is not part of that beta test, sent me the above screenshot of a new Sonos option that appeared in his Alexa app.
In the Alexa app’s music section, there is a new section for speakers. Within that new section is an option for Sonos. Selecting the Sonos option currently does not do anything. This is similar to the Silk browser leak on the Fire TV which recently appeared as a placeholder for the upcoming release, but is not yet functional.
Once the Alexa and Sonos integration becomes public, you’ll probably use this new Speakers section in the Alexa app to configure your Sonos account and speakers. Once that’s complete, it’s expected that you’ll be able to tell any Alexa device to play music “on Sonos.” As complex as it seems, a command such as “Alexa, play rock music from Spotify on my kitchen Sonos” should be possible.
The inclusion of an entirely new Speakers section in the Alexa app is a good indicator that this type of Alexa integration will eventually come to other smart speaker manufacturers. Although, don’t expect to be able to say “Alexa, play popular songs from Apple Music on my HomePod” anytime soon.