Bose Introduces a Home Speaker That Supports Alexa, AirPlay 2, and Google Assistant
Being one of the world’s leading manufacturers of personal acoustics, including headsets, headphones, and speakers, Bose announces an experimental home speaker. A $349 speaker offers more than just perfect sound: it supports Spotify Connect, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2.
This set of technologies by various rivaling companies is something really new; the more attention is attracted by this innovational speaker already. Its sales are scheduled to start on September 19, 2019.
One Speaker to Support Them All
The new announcement by Bose comes as a certain surprise. But if you take your time and think, you’ll hardly find another manufacturer ready for such an experiment – to make a speaker that supports most voice assistants available now. And Bose seemed the most probable candidate. Other manufacturers are owned or controlled by players with their own voice assistants. Say, JBL is controlled by Samsung via Harman International; Beats is owned by Apple; other manufacturers, like Marshall, aren’t about voice assistants at all.
The device has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules, allowing to use it both as a Bluetooth speaker for an external device and as a standalone music center. Its software lets it play your Spotify playlist after a little fiddling with Bose Connect, a versatile app for controlling Bose speakers.
Its design obviously follows that of SoundLink Revolve, presented in 2017, so it’s cylindric, about 7,5” tall, 4” wide, with a handle above, reminding both a bucket and a professional class microphone. This shape lets it produce 360-degree sound, equally well heard around it. The weight of the speaker is 2.3 pounds.
As a decent home speaker, it’s water protected, and IPX4 is sufficient to protect it from sudden rain or water drops. For $29 you can buy a special dock station; otherwise, it can be charged with a regular USB-C cable.
Exception or Trend?
We have said above that Bose is one of the most probable candidates to release this multi-standard speaker. But it turns out that it’s not that unrivaled. Sonos, another famous manufacturer, is about to announce its speaker that supports exactly the same list of voice assistants and looks similar to its physical parameters.
Probably Bose tries to outrun a single competitor, or so it seems. But maybe it wants to become the trendsetter, and we are to see long rows of home speakers that support all voice assistants, including Siri and Bixby. And there won’t be any surprise.