It may be a bit pricier than Google and Amazon's smart speaker options, but the audio quality Sonos provides is more than worth the extra money, and it will certainly put a big smile on the face of the music fan you're buying it for. However, the feature is only available for customers who have devices running Android 5.0 or above.
Are Amazon and Google finally making nice after all the issues the past couple of years? The US-based e-commerce giant stopped listing and selling Chromecast devices through its website and wasn't integrating Chromecast support in its music and video streaming apps.
The Amazon Music app has been around for years and has supported connecting to a number of external devices for music playback.
She can play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, answer questions, check your calendar, tell you about the weather, manage to-do and shopping lists, and even control compatible smart home devices - like Philips Hue lightbulbs, for instance. Well Black Friday 2017 just came early because Amazon has launched the best deal in streaming: $0.99 gets you three full months of Amazon Music Unlimited. Consumers won't necessarily be able to take advantage of this right away, but we imagine that developers will work on getting their apps to support these new additions ASAP.
A series of new APIs has also been rolled out, including one that gives apps the ability to send push notifications, first over the phone and in the future with voice or auditory sounds through a Google Home smart speaker.