Google brings more Assistant features to Sonos and Bose smart speakers
When most people think about Google Assistant smart speakers and displays, they think of Google’s own devices. There’s no question that Google’s Nest Mini and Nest Hub are hot-sellers, but there are also many non-Google-made Assistant devices out there as well. These devices have typically lagged a bit behind in getting the same features as Google’s products. Today, Google has announced that Sonos and Bose smart speakers with Google Assistant built-in are getting some of these features.
Voice Match is a feature that allows people to get personalized responses when Google Assistant recognizes your voice. This is great for calendar events and reminders. You can add up to six people’s voices to a single speaker or display. Many Assistant devices already have this feature and have had it for quite some time. Google says it’s rolling out to Sonos and Bose smart speakers now.
Next up is a feature in the Google Home app that allows you to adjust the “Hey Google” sensitivity on specific speakers and displays. This feature was only formally announced a couple of months ago and it’s apparently available for Sonos and Bose speakers now.
Lastly, the ability to choose a default speaker is now available to Sonos and Bose speakers with Google Assistant. This allows you to pick a preferred speaker for playing music/podcasts. You can ask for music on the kitchen speaker and have it play on your default speaker in the living room. This can be set up for supported speakers in the Google Home app under “Device settings.”
Google’s blog post is vague about which devices are actually getting these features, but a Google spokesperson reached out to inform us that this announcement is targeted at Sonos and Bose smart speakers with Google Assistant built-in. As always, Google loves to announce things several times and take their time to roll things out. You’ll have to check the Google Home app and hope that these features are now available for you.
This article was updated at 4:35 PM EST shortly after publication to reflect that these new features are available for Bose and Sonos smart speakers with Google Assistant built-in.