Sonos app finally comes to Android

Sonos app finally comes to AndroidSonos has finally unveiled its free Controller app for Android devices, bringing all the standard Sonos features to Android smartphones and tablets, plus a few interesting extras.

As well as the music browsing, search, assignment and playback features you'd normally expect, the app also plugs into Android's speech recognition to offer voice search, and lets you control volume by using your Android device's on-board volume keys.

Owners of Sonos' multi-room music system gear and Apple iDevices have been able to control the former for the latter for some time now, but Android users have had to wait a good while to enjoy the same privilege.

But while Android tablets are supported by the app, the disappointment is that slates running the latest version of Google's OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb – have been left out of the loop for now.

Today's announcement wasn't only for Android users, though – Apple fans also got some love from Sonos with news that the wireless Airplay system is now supported via the Sonos iOS app – in a sense.

If you have an Airport Express that supports Airplay or an Apple TV, and transmit audio to that device using Airplay from an iPad, iPod or iPhone, the Sonos app can take the same live stream and also send it to your Sonos multiroom system. Like we said, it's support, but only in a sense.

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