Sonos Android controller app gets Honeycomb upgrade, better Spotify integration

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Owners of Sonos wireless home audio kits who also have a Honeycomb Android tablet lying around are in for a treat today. Sonos have updated their controller app for Android to make it fully compatible with Google’s latest tablet-orientated OS, making far greater use of the extra screen real-estate allowed by slates.

More detailed, larger album artwork is met with a more roomy playlist UI to make browsing the reams of music content available through the Sonos gear much easier on the eye.

The update comes alongside the Sonos System Software update 3.6, which includes among its many tweaks better Spotify integration (letting you browse the streaming service’s inbox and new releases), as well as adding AAC+ codec suport and Danish and Norwegian languages.

Sonos are also introducing a new Sonos Labs programme, opening up their API and letting any music service that wants to become part of their wireless audio platform submit themselves for inclusion. Sonos users will be able to access these additional services in a Beta form.

“Today’s feature update reaffirms our commitment to persistently innovate so that Sonos users continue to have the ultimate music experience in every room of the home,” said John MacFarlane, founder and CEO, Sonos, Inc.

“Effortless control, endless music and constant innovation are what will keep us as the gold standard for listening out loud in the home.”

Both the Android app update and the system software update are free and are available from today.

Gerald Lynch