Plenty of questions remain about how the speaker will handle multiple assistants "including whether the different assistants will be able to communicate with one another and maybe even hand off responsibilities to a rival assistant that is best placed to complete a task," said David Watkins, director of intelligent home practice at Strategy Analytics. K.-based research firm forecasts global sales of smart speakers of 24 million, or .8 billion this year, growing to 71 million and .6 billion in 2020.Sonos could carve out a good spot for it in the market, Watkins say.There are quite a few categories of interests that can be tracked, among them 'People,' such as athletes, politicians, or celebrities; Sports, TV, Movies, Musicians, and Stocks.Each of these have different things that can be added, meaning if anything happens to that specific interest, it will pop up in Google Now as a new card.A reader emailed us to say that their Pixel alarm clock has been inconsistent since updating to Oreo, with alarms set to less than an hour ahead sometimes going off and those set further ahead never going off. Here are some recent reviews from the Play Store listing: This was great until it stopped working 3 days ago.Suddenly my morning alarm doesn't go off anymore and I was late for work for 3 days running. Now I'm going to have to explain to my boss why I missed work today. Since the last update, the clock app has been dismissing the alarms as soon as they start to go off."We don’t want to choose for you," said Giles Martin, Sonos sound experience leader, during a product unveiling event in New York. So, Sonos One is really the only smart speaker you will ever need." The new multi-faceted speaker quickly inserts Sonos as a player in the escalating battle for artificial intelligence-enhanced voice control in the home."We absolutely envision a world where different people in the home use different voice services. Last week, Amazon unveiled a new Echo speaker — and a 9.99 Echo Plus with home automation controls — shooting a thrifty shot across the bow of Apple and its 9 Home Pod Siri-driven speaker, due in December.
And that's a pretty big problem if it's the only alarm app you use.And Google on Wednesday advanced its smart home game with its own expanded lineup of Google Assistant voice-controlled speakers including a new Google Home Mini speaker, out Oct. Three years ago, Sonos controlled the wireless speaker market, but now owns less than half because consumers are intrigued by AI-powered voice-controlled speakers, says Paul Erickson, senior analyst for IHS Markit, a tech research firm in Austin, Tex."This is a perfect for them," he said, and allows Sonos to secure a spot in the growing global market for smaller smart home devices that, excluding major appliances, is expected to grow from .3 billion by the end of 2017 to .4 billion in 2021, IHS Markit estimates.Customers need not commit to a specific AI entity and Sonos doesn't have to choose a favorite either, Erickson says.(These are done without voice.)Like Sonos' current wireless Play: One speaker, the Sonos One (available in black or white) can be used on its own, paired for stereo sound, or used with other products such as the Playbar TV soundbar for home theater surround sound.Erickson expects Sonos to eventually add support for Alexa and other digital assistants to its other speakers, too.