When Sonos launched its iPhone app in 2008, it was a big deal for the company because it allowed iPhone and iPod Touch owners to buy a Sonos system without spending the extra dough on a $400 Sonos remote. That helped spur sales of the popular multiroom music wireless system, which is easy to set up without the help of a professional home installer.
Now the company hopes its new free Sonos Controller for Android app will attract a whole new batch of potential Sonos converts--or just please existing ones who happen to own Android-based smartphones.
Sonos Controller for Android, which will be available in late March as a free download from Android Market, is designed to work on any Android smartphone running Android 2.1 or later with a screen size of 320x480 (HVGA), 480x800 (WVGA), or 480x854 (WVGA). That includes most popular Android phones, such as the Motorola Droid X, Samsung Galaxy S series, and Evo 4G.
Currently, the app isn't officially supported on Android tablets, but Sonos reps said the app would potentially work on tablets but running in a smaller window. They didn't say when a true tablet version of the app would be available that would be similar to the one available for the iPad.
Sonos does note that the Android app can do two things the iOS app can't:
- Hard volume buttons on phones can be used to control the volume on your Sonos system
- Voice search is enabled for music
Sonos had been running a special price on its S5 ZonePlayer bundled with a BR100 ZoneBridge for $448, or $50 off (the deal just ended but J&R still seems to have some white bundles in stock). It's also worth noting that when--or really if--the Spotify service becomes available in the U.S., it should also be available on Sonos. It's already available to Sonos users in Europe.