Dealmaster: Sonos feels the HomePod heat, offers two Sonos Ones for $349

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Update 1/26/18 (4:02 PM ET): Sonos has clarified that it intends to make both Alexa and Google Assistant accessible to users on the same device later this year. Our original story follows.

Original post: Audio device maker Sonos this week announced a deal in which it will offer two of its Sonos One smart speakers for $349. The offer, a $49 discount, went live at various retailers on Friday. It will remain in effect for “a limited time,” according to the company.

The deal appears designed to fend off any traction that Apple might gain with its much-anticipated HomePod speaker, which launched on Friday for the same $349 price tag. Apple has advertised the HomePod as a small Internet-connected home speaker focused on audio quality, a market category where Sonos has been strong in recent years. Like the Sonos One, Google Home, and Amazon Echo, the HomePod will also connect to a voice assistant—in this case, Siri—to answer questions, send messages, and play music, among other tasks.

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Source:: Arstechnica – Gadgets

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