Sonos One and Beam both have the Alexa voice assistant built-in, but there are occasionally new features from Amazon that are limited to Echo speakers. Echo’s Announcements intercom feature has been one those, but that’s changing for Sonos.
Starting today, Alexa-enabled Sonos speakers include Sonos One and Sonos Beam will work with Amazon Announcements. The new feature comes to Sonos speakers through a free software update and supports English in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
Announcements lets you send an audio message from one Alexa-enabled speaker to all Alexa-enabled speakers throughout your home. The other Alexa-enabled speakers immediately receive the message and play a chime followed by the audio recording without any user interaction required.
Announcements is especially useful if you have lots of Alexa-enabled speakers throughout your home, and deploying Echo Dots for features like this can be affordable and practical.
In some instances, the Announcements feature will even include a clever sound effect before your message — like a classic dinner bell ringing if you announce that dinner is ready.
Before today, Announcements could only be created and received by Amazon Echo speakers and not Alexa-enabled Sonos speakers. After receiving today’s software update, Announcements should work exactly the same way on both Amazon Echo and Sonos speakers that work with Alexa.