Just a few short days ago, Sonos dropped the bomb that some of its older products would no longer receive software updates starting in May 2020. In the initial announcement, Sonos reasoned that the ‘legacy products’ were all reaching the end of their useful life. It then told users they could either recycle the products through its Trade Up program or simply keep legacy devices as they were, understanding that they would eventually lose functionality over time. Today, the company published a blog from CEO Patrick Spence saying that well, actually, Sonos will continue supporting legacy products beyond May.
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Planned obsolescence is the bane of consumer electronics. On that front, Sonos has stood out as one of the few tech companies that build longer-lasting products. In fact, the company is keen to point out that 92 per cent of all the products it has ever shipped are still in use today. But now, Sonos wants you to know that all things must eventually die. The company announced that starting in May 2020, it will stop pushing software updates and new features to some of its oldest products.
Gadgets have to work a lot harder to suck in 2019 than they have in years past. They have to bankrupt companies, reveal our data, or be so overpriced they even make Apple look cheap. The gadget below did all that, but some went even further. Some were pointless Skymall dreck, and some nearly ruined much nicer and better gadgets.
Trashing your old electronics is bad for the planet—a big reason why you might’ve noticed tech companies push sustainability programs in recent years. Sonos recently joined the recycle brigade in October, launching its Trade Up hardware upgrade program that gives users discounts if they “responsibly recycle older products.” It’s a good idea in theory. The problem is that to take part, users have to brick their speakers, rendering them useless for resale or refurbishment.
Sonos speakers have been providing high-fidelity wireless audio streaming hardware for several years now, but in recent times its tech has been evolving fast: We’ve seen portable versions of its speakers, the addition of on-board digital assistants, new support for audio protocols, and more besides. Here are ten tips to help you get the most out of your Sonos speaker in 2019.
You don’t need the new Sonos Move. It’s a $649 Sonos speaker that sounds an awful lot like a $250 Sonos speaker but with the added benefit of being portable. You can pick it up and carry it around. If you wander away from your Wi-Fi, no problem! The Move is the first Sonos that can stream music over a Bluetooth connection, which is a big deal for any Sonos fan who’s sick of leaving their favourite speakers at home when they’re doing outdoor activities.
Sonos is expanding its horizons with a rugged new portable outdoor speaker. It’s called the Sonos Move, and it costs $649 in Australia. Also, as its portability might suggest, the new device will be the first Sonos speaker that can stream music over a Bluetooth connection. As I held the thing from its gracefully designed handle at a recent Sonos press event, I wondered one thing: Why?
We don’t talk a lot about Europe here, but this week, Gizmodo will be in Germany, drinking beer, mangling Teutonic languages and covering IFA, the biggest electronics show in Europe. Here’s what you can expect to see based on rumours, pre-announcements, and a little educated guesswork. Be sure to check back for all our coverage through the weekend and beyond.
Say what you want about Sonos, the wireless speaker maker can’t keep its shit under wraps. The latest leak is its first-ever Bluetooth speaker. News of the device’s existence came earlier this month, but now there’s even more details and a name: The Sonos Move.
It felt confusing and excited when IKEA released two new speakers built by Sonos. They’re a little weird-looking, first of all. (One speaker is also a lamp!) But what’s really extraordinary is that IKEA will soon be selling a full-fledged Sonos speaker for $149. (It doubles as a shelf!) We tested this new Sonos speaker — the cheapest Sonos you can buy — against the $299 Sonos One to see if it can keep up. The answer is basically, surprisingly, yes.
In September, people will be able to walk into an Australian IKEA store and buy a Sonos speaker for $149. There’s a more expensive speaker-lamp combo, too, but the idea is simple: IKEA wants to sell you affordable smart home goods that fit into IKEA furniture and work impressively well right out of the box. For a lot of people, this must be an alluring proposition. And I have to admit, the new speakers aren’t bad.
You know what none of us needs more of in our homes? Amazon products. And yet that’s exactly what’s promised to prospective homebuyers should they decide to purchase through its new U.S.-based TurnKey service. The company will reportedly gift thousands of dollars in products and services to tempt American homebuyers to transform their homes into Amazon-surveilled hellscapes. What’s to lose?!
If you own a Sonos One or a Sonos Beam, it’s about to be a lot more useful. Today, Sonos will push a software update to those models that will give them Google Assistant support. That makes the Sonos One and the Sonos Beam the first smart speakers that support both Assistant and Amazon Alexa, although you can’t use both at the same time on a single speaker.
It took four years to do it, but Sonos and IKEA have finally revealed their new wireless speakers. The so-called Symfonisk series includes a bookshelf-style speaker that doubles as an actual bookshelf and a lamp with a speaker in its base. Like a lot of IKEA furniture, the two new products are quirky and practical. They’re also full-fledged but low-priced Sonos speakers.