I wrote this on ST’s Facebook Page:
What’s more important to automate? Light Bulbs? Thermostats? Music? Locks? (Hint: the Answer is - All of the above.)
With more and more integrated products coming to the market, there is more need for better tools to automate with. Google Home and Amazon Echo are proving to be popular and it is fantastic to see them working with Smartthings. These Automated Assistants are making it easy for the casual home owner and their families to interact with their house. My kids ask, “can you tell us a joke”? My wife is alerted when someone enters the house during the day. And I want to save money on my heating and cooling with just a few words “Turn off Nest”. Yet even with all the integration between these voice activated assistants and the home, something is still very lacking.
I know there’s a smart app that works with Sonos, but it is very limited. It’s been around since the dawn of ST Hub 1.0 (I should know, I have one). In the beginning, it worked fine. We were able to get our house to play Music or Voice alerts! Whoa! But now, automation has matured to a point that this kind of control is child’s play. Why should we continue reading to candle light, when there’s electricity. Currently, the Sonos Smart App is so toothless that it makes me want to not use ST for interacting with Sonos. It’s a real afterthought.
Its now necessary to bring Speaker Control to full maturity.
I brought up the concern on the community forum about Sonos and in 1 day it has had 92 views. This tells me people are “…OK” with Sonos integration, but would like to see some improvements. There are Smart Apps that get very granular (Nest Manager, CoRE - 2 different apps but very capable and broad). And there are “Things” that we can’t get full access too. Sure there are work arounds to get things moving, but that still doesn’t give you full access.
In the effort to get better control of our home, I’d like to start a discussion on what we can do to move towards getting a better standard for speakers so developers don’t feel like what they write, will just be trashed if any thing changes between ST and Speaker Companies.