Sonos FCC filing confirms a voice-powered speaker

The Sonos smart speaker with microphone hits the FCC

The filing doesn't provide too many details, it does reference a device named "Product model S13" that features far-field microphones created to isolate voices within a room, a feature that's found in other smart home speakers like the Amazon Echo. Well, the wait seems to finally be over.

According to the FCC filing, S13 will have far-field microphones similar to those offered on products like the Amazon Echo to make it easy for the device to pick up and isolate sound from anywhere in a room.

In addition to teasing out a new smart speaker with high audio quality, the filing also suggests the speaker may not be locked down to a single voice assistant or music platform.

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It's impossible to say if Sonos is building-in Alexa but the company has been making moves as of late to play friendly with Amazon's voice platform and in the past voiced plans to build the voice control platform into its speakers.

That would allow folks for the first time on a Sonos system to request music, sports scores, the weather and more all by voice. This function is a start and great for current speakers, but the speaker shown in this FCC filing would take the integration to the logical conclusion. Hopefully, that means support for at least Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, although you could imagine Samusng pushing to get Bixby on there. A launch in the next month, with sales beginning in time for the holidays, would make flawless sense.

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