Bringing cheer to Sonos fans
Sonos users can now control their Sonos system from their Android phones. The Sonos Controller app is available in the Android market.
The app aims to convert the Android smartphone into a wireless music controller, so users can now search for songs or stations by typing, or by speaking to their Android phones - thanks to the new Sonos music voice search feature.
Users will also be able to control volume using hard buttons on their handsets. When you receive a text message or you need to make a phone call, the music doesn't stop, as your Android phone is only controlling the music - not the source of it.
Almost identical to the Sonos app for iPhone, the Sonos Controller is available free for download in the Android market. However, the Android app has an added advantage of voice control. The app works on any Android smartphone running Android 2.1 or later with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854.
"We're pleased to deliver a great new way for music lovers to tap into all the music on earth," said John MacFarlane, founder and CEO, Sonos. "Now Android owners can pull out their phones and bring music home with Sonos."
Alongside the launch of the Android app, Sonos users will now be able to play Apple AirPlay music sources all over the home through a free v3.4 of the Sonos software.
With the update, John noted that "Sonos improves the AirPlay experience with party mode so a music lover can send a song from his iPhone or iPad to all the rooms in a home with perfect synchronization." He said "the cool AirPlay feature for music is sending a song from an iOS device to a speaker or receiver."
All the Apple apps are available for download from the iTunes App Store.