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The Sonos One and Sonos Beam are getting a useful new Alexa function

If you have more than one Amazon Echo, Announcements is one of the most useful functions. It allows you to record a message and then broadcast it to every smart speaker in your network.

Not only is this a brilliant way to prank people without even having to leave the room, it also has several legitimate functions. Send public service announcements to a small office, get the kids to come down to dinner, what have you.

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But this is one function that has been broadly confined to Amazon’s own brand of Echo speakers. If you had another smartspeaker that uses the company’s Alexa software, the function simply wouldn’t work.

That’s no longer the case if you have the excellent Sonos One or Sonos Beam smart speakers.

The function works exactly the same way it does with the existing Echo family. Just say “Alexa announce” and then record your announcement to be played back across your network of devices. The phrases “Alexa, tell everyone” and “Alexa, broadcast” also work if you want to mix things up a bit.

As it’s not read out by Alexa, you can be creative as you like: record a song, put on a comical accent, or say it in Esperanto. The limit is your creativity and your housemates’ patience.

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Once you’ve finished recording, you’ll hear a short chime, and then your message will be delivered throughout the house. Individual devices can opt out of this either temporarily or permanently by setting them to ‘do not disturb’ mode, or disabling the feature entirely in the Alexa app.

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