Sonos has announced an upgrade to its Android app but more
importantly it has opened up its API to allow music services to build a Sonos
The Sonos 3.6 software update, available from today, will
open up Sonos Labs to all comers, allowing them to create their own plug-in
within the Sonos app. Users will then be able to listen to the serivces on Sonos’ wireless speakers, such as the Sonos Play:3 (below).
Users will be able to test these Beta apps and
should they prove popular and pass Sonos’ critical eye, they will eventually
sit alongside the likes of Spotify and Napster in the primary music sources on
the Sonos system.
Services looking to develop these apps are pointed in the
direction of a website
where they can construct a basic version of the app – indicating such things as
which buttons it needs to access on the speakers.
Currently 20 companies have developed apps for the service
though some, like Slacker, will only be available in the US.
As well as opening up the Sonos Labs, the new software promises to
improve the Spotify integration allowing you to browse your inbox and check
out the new music and top tracks’ lists which Spotify publishes. Sonos has also added
support for the AAC music format.
As we mentioned, Sonos has also updated its Android app
adding support for the Honeycomb version of the OS, meaning the app should scale properly depending on the size of your device. Both Sonos 3.6 and the updated Android app are available from today.
Will the additional functionality entice you to purchase one
of Sonos’ wireless speaker systems? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Sonos Blog