Home Technology Tech News & Updates You can now use Sonos speakers to make an announcement to the...

You can now use Sonos speakers to make an announcement to the whole house

Sonos Alexa announcement

Through a cool, Alexa update, you can now use your Sonos speaker as an announcement speaker. This really comes in handy if you have a large house, or a double storey house where you often have to shout to call everyone to come for dinner.

With the new update, you can use Alexa to make a global announcement to the entire house by either using the Sonos One or Sonos Beam. Using the Alexa app on your smartphone works too.

To create an announcement, starts by speaking either of these opening voice commands to Alexa:

  • Alexa, announce….
  • Alexa, broadcast….
  • Alexa, tell everyone…

and then, your announcements (in your own voice) will be recorded and then played to all Alexa-supported devices inside your entire home.

You can exclude a certain speaker by changing its setting to “Do not disturb”, which may come in handy if you have a Sonos speaker in the Baby’s room and you do not want to wake him/her up.

At the moment, only Sonos One and Sonos Beam are supported (they have built-in Alexa support) and sadly, only available for now to these following countries: U.S, U.K, and Canada. We are hoping the update will come soon to Australia and other countries around the globe.

This doesn’t mean you cannot use it in Australia though (only if you are using an Amazon Australia account). I have a U.S Amazon account and this feature works even though I’m in Australia.

UPDATE: As of 7th of September, Alexa announcements feature now works with Amazon Australia account (and rolling out on supported Echo devices such as Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot as well as Sonos One and Sonos Beam).

Source: Sonos blog post

Related Posts at Craving Tech

Swann is taking on Ring with a new security system Ring has been the frontier in smart home security systems that are consumer friendly with self-installation. Their floodlight cam, for example, i...
An all-in-one smart display – Google Nest Hub (formerly Google Home Hub) Review Google Nest Hub Review - To those who wish their voice assistants can do more than simply replying to your voice command with a voice, you are in for...
Add Alexa around the house with this cheap speaker – Amazon Echo Dot Review (3rd Gen, 2019) Amazon Echo Dot Review (3rd Generation) - The Amazon Echo Dot is the small gateway to having Alexa and a smart speaker at a minimal cost. It's basica...
Apple Music now works with Alexa in Australia For a while now, you can use Alexa-supported Amazon Echo speakers like the Echo Dot (which I'm still reviewing at the moment) or any speakers plu...
Bring high quality music streaming & Alexa to your current speakers set up – Amazon Echo ... Amazon Echo Link and Echo Link Amp Review - The Amazon Echo is probably one of the most popular smart speakers out there in the world, thanks to its ...