Information about our upcoming Sonos changes | Yonomi

Information about our upcoming Sonos changes

Note: The Sonos updates are still being tested and we hope to be able to roll these out very soon!  We believe that these should be availble next week, the week of Febuary 18th.

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We have some exciting news about upcoming improvements to our Sonos integration, and wanted to let you know about several items that may require your attention.

Yonomi and Sonos have been working together for over three years now (it was one of our very first integrations!), but in October of last year we announced with Sonos a brand new partnership and the launch of their official "Works With Sonos" developer platform.

Building off of this announcement, Yonomi is excited to reveal that we will be transitioning users to our newly redesigned Sonos integration over the course of this month. This transition comes with a number of exciting new benefits for Sonos lovers—including:

  • Improved stereo pair/surround zone support
  • A better in-app experience and more consistent and reliable discovery of your Sonos devices and Favorites
  • And most importantly—true multi-zone group support. With the new integration you will now be able to create Routines across multiple speakers and automatically create groups based on the speakers included. And yes, this means you will finally be able to group speakers with Alexa or Google Assistant commands using our voice assistant integrations.


Unfortunately, several features from the old Sonos API will not be making the transition—you will no longer be able to use Yonomi to make text-to-speech announcements, play sound effects, or play Sonos playlists. It's possible these features could make a return in the future as Sonos decides to add them to their new developer platform.

 

When Will These Changes Take Place?

We will be transitioning everyone from the old Sonos integration to the new integration over the course of this month, with support for the old features officially ending on March 1st.

Starting this week, when you run Discovery in the Yonomi app while connected to your home WiFi, new versions of your Sonos speakers will appear automatically.  These "new" Sonos devices will be identified by a green dot in the corner.  For the next several weeks, the "old" copies of your Sonos devices will continue to exist, but you may delete them at any time.

Once an old copy of a Sonos speaker is removed from Yonomi, it will not be discoverable again.

As soon your new Sonos devices have been discovered, you will need to manually update any Routines you have that include Sonos speakers. To prevent any interruption in your Yonomi experience, please edit any Routines to add the new Sonos speakers and remove the old ones as soon as possible.

Finally, on Thursday, March 1st, the "old" Sonos devices will disappear from the Yonomi app and only the new Sonos features will be supported. Any Routines that you do not manually update by then will not work properly at that time.

We know this transition may require a bit of learning curve—especially for those of you who have been running Sonos Routines for years—but we know you'll love the features that this new integration offers. If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to send in a support request.

 

Other Changes

  • With the new Sonos platform, your Sonos devices can no longer be identified by type -- e.g. Sonos One, Play:3, Playbar, etc.  Instead all devices will appear as a single "Sonos Player".  When discovery is enabled for this new type of Sonos device, you will just see a generic Sonos icon for each of your Sonos Players.  Stereo pairs and Surround Groups may also appear only as a single player icon.

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Note: This article will continue to be updated as the new Sonos experience rolls out.  We will update it with new information or issues if they come up during the deployment process.

This article was last updated Friday, Febuary 16th.