So No Sonos? Open Source Security, Alexa Integration, Google Assistant learning Pronunciation

The Sonos Confusion

So No Sonos? There was some news this week regarding that some Sonos products will no longer receive software updates or new features in May 2020. I think it generated a ton of traffic and comments asking for clarification. Consumers were responding asking whether the Sonos speakers would usable after May 2020. The CEO of Sonos clarified that the products listed will still receive security updates for a time being, and that legacy Sonos products will still continue to work, however, they will not receive any new software updates or new features.

Sonos products that will no longer receive Software Updates or New Features in May 2020

– Original Zone Players, Connect, and Connect:Amp (launched in 2006; includes versions sold until 2015),
– First-generation Play:5 (launched 2009),
– CR200 (launched 2009),
– Bridge (launched 2007)
The listed products will still work, and may receive security updates for some time. You can get details here: https://blog.sonos.com/en-gb/end-of-software-updates-for-legacy-products/

Open Source Encryption on IoT devices

Ok, when I first hear that there are firms trying to create better ways to encrypt information as it travels from your smart home devices, I think, this is a step in the right direction. However, the article about An Open Source Effort to Encrypt the Internet of Things from WIRED got me thinking. I think there needs to be more information about implanting an Open Source protocol like E4 into devices. I’m really interested to see how this goes. All the integration between vehicles (telemetry), appliances, could use better encryption. I’m glad someone is thinking about it.

More Alexa Integration

Amazon is continuing to look into the future by integrating Alexa into everything. Yes, even your Lamborgini. Start your air purifier and get air quality status; talk to Alexa. Control your guest WiFi in the house, now with Alexa. I could talk about a ton of things here, but I think you should look at this list: https://developer.amazon.com/en-US/blogs/alexa/device-makers/2020/01/ces-2020-highlights-new-alexa-experiences-from-developers-and-device-makers

Google Assistant learning Dialect?

Google Assistant is now running on a whole bunch of languages. Sometimes when you ask Google Assistant to contact a person, you might need to say the name phonetically as a computer would. Have you experienced that? For example, I would say “Ok Google call ‘[insert first name], Wiebe.’ However, if you know how to say the name and pronounce it properly, you might not get Google Assistant to understand you. You need to know how to pronounce the name the way Google Assistant would know it. Instead of saying ‘W-eeb’, I would have to pronounce the last name ‘W-eeb-bee’.

But know it looks like some developers are teaching Google Assistant to pronounce the names in your contacts properly. This is going to save a ton of time calling your kid’s teacher or your doctor’s office with your voice. Pretty cool stuff.

I hope you enjoyed reading some of the updates this week.

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