Tag - Sonos
Two companies have introduced changes to the way iOS users can interact with their products. Ultimate Ears is updating the UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom speakers with voice integration, while Sonos has updated its iOS Sonos Controller app to give it lock screen controls that can be used from the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as other additions that take advantage of the iPad's multitasking abilities.
Network-connected speaker manufacturer Sonos is laying off some of its employees, at the same time as refocusing the company so it works better with streaming music services in the future. A blog post from CEO John MacFarlane confirms there will be staffing changes, as well as outlining the company's future plans, which includes taking on Amazon and its own Echo speaker by bringing voice control to its product range.
Owners of Sonos network-connected speakers are now able to play songs from Apple Music through the audio system. Originally announced by the speaker manufacturer at the end of last month, Sonos has started supporting Apple's streaming service in a public beta, with users of the Sonos Controller app able to sign up for the trial and download an update to their mobile devices to enable Apple Music.
Owners of Sonos speakers will soon be able to play songs from Apple Music through the network-connected audio devices, if they take part in a trial. Support for Apple's streaming music service will start from December 15, though it will apparently be available in a public beta at first, with the speaker producer asking for users register to take part and to supply feedback on it, before it becomes more widely available from early next year.
Sonos has upgraded one piece of hardware and revealed new software, in a pair of announcements today. The audio device manufacturer has refreshed its Play:5 wireless speaker with a new design, upgraded internals, and multitouch controls, while Trueplay is software that will allow Sonos users to make sure their speakers are playing music correctly for the environment they are placed in, retuning them if necessary.
Deezer is expanding the reach of its high-quality music streaming service to other regions. Initially part of the launch of Deezer in the United States, the Deezer Elite subscription is now available in more than 150 countries, allowing subscribers to listen to the company's collection of 35 million lossless FLAC-encoded tracks whenever they want.
Tinder has launched a paid subscription option for its localized dating app called Tinder Plus, adding two more features to the service as well as providing unlimited "likes." Passport allows paid users to select other locations to search for people in those areas, while Rewind allows for the correction of the last swipe action performed, potentially allowing for the user to reverse an accidental left swipe in the iOS and Android app. Recode notes that the cost of Tinder Plus varies with age, costing US users under the age of 30 $10 per month, while older users must pay $20, with a representative claiming that the service is appeasing the "budget constrained" younger user.
In order to "commemorate 75 years and counting of Blue Note Records," speaker company Sonos has debuted the Sonos Play:1 Blue Note Limited Edition wireless streaming speaker. The speaker, identical to the original Sonos Play:1, will be available online only in limited quantities, and for a short time.
Sonos is looking to extend the usability of its audio products, by allegedly testing the ability to control its networked speakers using a smartwatch running Android Wear, as well as the iOS lock screen. A photograph shared by a supposed member of the company's beta program is said to show notifications on the Moto 360 and provide some level of control, while iOS users may gain a lock screen widget providing similar functionality.
Sonos is suing Denon for patent infringement over a set of wireless speakers it released earlier this summer. The Denon Heos range is apparently violating four patents owned by Sonos relating to wireless audio products, prompting Sonos to file a lawsuit in its incorporation state, Delaware, against Denon's parent company D&M Holdings.