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You can now set your Sonos speaker as Google Assistant's default

Just last month, Sonos sued Google for allegedly infringing upon its patents. The two companies had previously worked together to bring Assistant features to select Sonos speakers. Surprisingly, it seems that this partnership is continuing, at least for now, despite the ongoing litigation. First spotted a few months ago by users on the r/Sonos subreddit, the ability to set Sonos speakers as an Assistant-powered product's default device for music playback now appears to be widely available.

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Sonos Black Friday deals are live: 20% off the Beam, Playbar, and more

Thanksgiving is great, but I'm more excited that it's Black Friday eve. Like with most companies, Sonos's celebration of Black Friday is bleeding into the day before, letting you grab a few discounts early. The price reductions are mostly the same across all retailers, but Amazon has a few products for even cheaper, which we've indicated below.

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[Update: Assistant hits more countries] Sonos will roll out Google Assistant to the One and Beam next week, 19 months after it first teased it

In October of 2017, Sonos introduced the One speaker with Alexa built in, but it promised Assistant would be coming the next year. Most of 2018 came and went and it wasn't until November that users were able to sign up for a private and demanding beta to test the feature. Then at CES this year, Google teased Sonos compatibility again, but we still had no official date. Thanks to Sonos's second quarter financial report, we now have an official confirmation: Assistant will come to Sonos next week.

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Google Assistant is coming to the Sonos One and Beam, with older models to follow

I think it's fair to say that we've seen some questionably useful Google Assistant integrations this CES, and will no doubt see a great many more in the near future. That's why it's a special occasion when a heavily-demanded, long-due integration is announced, as is the case with Google Assistant for the Sonos One and Sonos Beam.

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[Update: Out now] Beam is Sonos' new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th

Just earlier today, Sonos announced its new Beam, a soundbar that's 60% the size of the company's previous Playbar, all while including features like Airplay 2, Alexa functionality, and a surprisingly big sound for the size—or so Sonos claims. 

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