Samsung Moves To Mimic Sonos Speakers With New Spotify Connect Upgrade

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Samsung has moved to mimic the advanced functionality of the Sonos wireless speaker system with the introduction of new features only weeks after being launched in the Australian market.

Last month we praised the sound output of these new speakers while critical of the software management system, now we can reveal that Samsung has added Spotify Connect support to their Shape wireless speaker range.

The Korean Company has updated their audio offering to allow Spotify to run off multiple speakers simultaneously, bringing Samsung’s multiroom speaker system in line with Sonos whose products will be ranged shortly at Dick Smith stores. 

The upgrades will work with the Shape M7 and M5 and other audio products in the Samsung range.

the added Spotify Connect support allows music content to be controlled through the Spotify app itself instead of through a dedicated speaker app which is what we criticised in our first look review. 

In other moves Logitech has added Sonos control capability to their Harmony remotes.

Owners of the remotes are now able to control Sonos wireless speakers, including playback and volume using the buttons, and Sonos Favourites from the Harmony Ultimate remote’s touchscreen or the smartphone app. Searching on set-top boxes has also been updated to include voice search on the Smartphone app, with users of a device’s search box now seeing an option to enter text using voice recognition. 

Logitech has also updated the setup procedure for the remotes, adding in automatic detection of Philips Hue lights, Sonos systems, and other compatible networked devices.
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