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Sonos’ app revamp points the way towards upcoming new hardware – but what will come first?

Sonos has completely revamped its app and there's a new web app for desktop use as well

Sonos new app

It’s pretty much nailed on that Sonos will be bringing us new audio hardware soon.

The Sonos headphones have been very long-awaited and we’re expecting to get those in June. We’re also thinking that we’re going to get a third generation of the Beam soundbar, while there may also be a replacement for the Sonos 5, too, to sit above the Era 100 and Era 300.

Ahead of all that though, Sonos has revamped its app – though there’s only a little hint of what’s to come. Although there’s clearly been a lot of under-the-hood work – it’s mostly just design and functionality that has been improved rather than a big dump of new features.

Perhaps the biggest change is actually not on the mobile app at all but on the desktop; Sonos is discontinuing its separate desktop apps in favour of a single browser-based web version – the functionality is exactly the same as the mobile app.

One thing that has been dramatically improved in the new app is that there’s now a more visual overview of what’s playing on different bits of your Sonos system. You can also quickly group speakers, too.  

As before, there’s also universal search for different services and your favourite services will be prioritised, while you can pin particular playlists and so on. The idea is that once you set it up you no longer need to browse through the tabs to find what you want (though you can still explore this way).

Sonos web app

Sonos clearly wants you to be able to move through the app quicker and reduce some of the friction that inevitably comes when you’re browsing different services for content.

The app supports all Sonos S2-compatible products and will start rolling out in early May alongside the new browser-based version.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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