When we reviewed the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 back in 2009 we were seriously impressed. At the time the wireless music player could be controlled by the proprietary Controller 200 and by an app for the iPhone or iPod touch but there was a lack of love for Android owners. But today, Sonos is finally getting its act together and announcing an app for Google’s mobile platform.
The Android app, which will be on show for the first time in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona new week, will be available to download for free from the Android Market next month. The app will let users control all aspects of your music from playlists to volume in every room you have a ZonePlayer device. In addition, the Sonos Controller for Android features Sonos’ latest innovation, namely music voice search, which allows users to find any artist, album or track by simply speaking into their phone.
The Android app will work with any of Sonos' ZonePlayer range, the most popular of which is the S5. With it, and the other controllers for the ZonePlayer range, you can search for songs and stations by typing (and now speaking), select the music and control the volume in as many rooms as you like. And because the Android phone is controlling the music, and not the source of it, when a text or calls comes in, the music doesn’t stop.
The Sonos Controller for Android is designed to work on any Android smartphone running Android 2.1 or later with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854. “Sonos’ mission is to fill every home with music,” said John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos. “We are thrilled to bring the joy of music to the homes of Android fans, worldwide.”