Amazon’s multi-room audio platform is now easy to control with your phone. With this new feature- it’s become effortless for users to manage their music between Echo devices, or multi-speaker groups with the Alexa mobile app. In the past, you had to use voice commands for some of these things.
Everything is now done with a menu that lets you move music to any group or Alexa device without talking. Users are describing it as quite intuitive. As a result, it shouldn’t be too challenging to figure out for anyone who has controlled music using AirPlay and Spotify Connect so far. There are a number of Echo speakers offered by Amazon, including the standard Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Studio, and Echo Sub sub-woofer. Through the Alexa app, you can also play audio across Echo Show and Fire TV devices.
A similar feature for Amazon’s Alexa app is the Active Media List. Whenever audio is playing on your system, you can use this feature to control multiple products from a single list that displays where audio is being played. Sonos customers will find the interface very familiar.
The Sonos company is currently involved in a patent dispute with Google; the trial will begin in San Francisco on May 8. Sonos, however, has not yet filed a lawsuit against Amazon for alleged violations of its intellectual property, but it has previously alleged that Amazon is also in breach of its intellectual property. Recent developments have shown that the two companies are in good stead, as Alexa voice support has been extended to more countries, enabling simultaneous use of Alexa and Sonos Voice Control.
Alexis Boutilier is from Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a high interest in all things tech and loves to stay engaged on all the latest appliances and accessories.