Whatever Sonos plans for his next speaker, it appears to contain Bluetooth connectivity, according to new devices filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Two new pieces of hardware are logged with the FCC, the Verge reports, and one of them comes with Bluetooth on board. It would be the first Sonos speaker to be launched with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.
At this time you need to connect Sonos speakers to your Wi-Fi network at home to send music to them from a phone, tablet or laptop on the same network. Bluetooth would allow direct telephone-to-speaker connectivity.
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The Sonos One has Bluetooth on board, but is only used during the installation process – you cannot use it to send audio streams directly to the speaker from an app (as you can say with an Amazon Echo speaker, for example).
Extra audio options
In addition to the model number, which is S17, and the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, the submission suggests that the new speaker with a blue band on it – undoubtedly to indicate the improved Bluetooth value.
With Sonos events already in the calendar for August 26 and 27, such as per press events, it seems that this new hardware may appear before the month is over (and can be shown well at IFA 2019).
The speaker builder continues to expand its product portfolio by adding AirPlay 2 to its most recent products, as well as support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It is also working on speakers in collaboration with Swedish furniture makers.
Bluetooth would expand the capabilities of Sonos speakers even more so that users can stream audio from any app on their phone or laptop – not just those apps that are specifically supported by the Sonos platform.
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