Sonos has announced Google Assistant is joining Amazon Alexa on its smart speakers from today but users can only choose one assistant per speaker.

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Google Assistant is now available on Sonos One smart speaker, joining Amazon Alexa to provide a choice in voice assistants.

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Google Assistant will finally come to the Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam sound bar, which already support Amazon Alexa, making the company the first to support multiple assistants on one device.

Sonos demonstrated the voice assistant on its One speaker at CES 2019 , and is in the process of rolling out firmware enabling Google’s voice system on its smart speakers in the United States today.

Sonos announced multiple voice assistant support in 2017, but Sonos owners can now choose between either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. However they won’t be able to switch between them on the fly, and will have to choose one during setup.

Sonos users in Europe, Canada, and Australia will be able to download the update in July.

Both speakers have long supported Amazon’s Alexa and can be controlled from Siri on iOS devices via AirPlay 2.

The speakers will support several Google actions from the start including Continued Conversation (where the mic waits for more instructions without saying the wake word) and Broadcast mode (or personal address mode). The company says that calling, voice match, purchases, interpreter mode and setting routines in the Google Home app will not be available at launch.

Marshall is another company that has announced support for multiple assistants on its Acton II and Stanmore II speakers coming in 2019, while LG OLED TVs will support both assistants in 2019.

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