Sonos is finally gearing up to unveil a portable Bluetooth speaker (with Alexa and Google Assistant)
Tap for dead. The Harman Kardon Allure Portable comes to mind, but its massive recent discounts strongly hint at modest sales numbers.While that's obviously far from a novel concept, what could be special about this upcoming, as-yet-unnamed product is its compatibility with both Google Assistant and Alexa for hands-free voice commands, although the feature might be restricted to Wi-Fi-powered home use, possibly in order to save precious battery life. Still, there aren't a lot of portable smart speakers around after Amazon left the 2016-released
It remains to be seen exactly how Sonos intends to liven up this pretty much non-existent segment of an otherwise thriving market. According to unofficial information obtained by The Verge, one thing the speaker could have going for it is a technology called Auto Trueplay. This would essentially be able to recognize your surroundings at all times and adjust the sound to squeeze out the best quality whether you're chilling at home or playing your favorite tunes outside.
If that sounds familiar, it's probably because both the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max come with similar automatic music adjustment and enhancement features. But again, we expect this bad boy to be portable and (hopefully) more affordable than those two premium smart speakers, so Auto Trueplay could be a pretty big deal.
Already pictured and approved by the FCC for an impending release, the first-ever Sonos portable Bluetooth speaker is rumored to be announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin early next month. Described by The Verge as "larger than it may look" in that first photo, as well as "taller and slightly wider than the Sonos One/Play:1", the thing is also guaranteed to come with support for Apple's AirPlay 2 standard, Bluetooth Low Energy technology, a USB-C port for easy on-the-go charging, an ethernet jack, and an integrated handle ensuring hassle-free portability.