This is been raised before with no luck (most recent post I found was for Aug 2017), but I’m hoping something has changed since then. Apologies if this has already been resolved, or addressed more recently.
I’m hoping to use my Echo dots to play/control music through my three Samsung R1 speakers. As of now, you can play through all speakers via WiFi using the Samsung app or play through one speaker connected to one Echo Dot via bluetooth, which would allow voice control. But in August 2017, Amazon announced they were working to expand Alexa control options for multiroom systems. Among other things, they were releasing APIs and working with major manufacturers:
“The new Connected Speaker APIs enable device makers with connected audio systems to control music playback using Alexa. A user can then use any Alexa-enabled device – for example an Echo Dot – to play music throughout their home on their connected audio systems. Amazon confirmed it is already working with leading brands on this offering, including Sonos, Bose, Samsung, and Sound United.”
Sonos was all over this and has already integrated Alexa voice control functionality, I believe. Has there been any movement that anyone is aware of either by Samsung or by third party developers to build a skill for the R1s? I’m starting to regret not just going with Sonos to begin with, or buying full size Echos with good speakers instead of the dots.