Sonos S2 - A New App From Sonos
Is Sonos releasing a new app?
In June, Sonos will release Sonos S2, a new app and operating system (OS) that will power the next generation of products and experiences.
What changes is Sonos making to the new app?
Sonos S2 will have new features, usability updates, and more personalization moving forward. The new app will also be able to support higher resolution audio technologies for music and home theater.
How do I get the Sonos S2 app?
You will receive a notification when the new app is available in June. You can simply click to download it. All of your settings and preferences will update automatically.
How can I tell the difference between the two apps?
The app you are using now will be renamed to Sonos S1 Controller, while the S2 compatible app will be called Sonos moving forward.
Sonos previously told me that my speakers were legacy or modern. Why are you now referring to them as S1 and S2?
Sonos changed the name of legacy and modern products to better align with the new app experience. Moving forward, legacy Sonos products will be referred to as S1 compatible, while modern ones will be S2.
Can I keep my system as is if I don’t want to upgrade?
Yes. If you would like to keep your system as is, you don’t have to do anything. The app you are using will be renamed Sonos S1 Controller and it will continue working with all of your existing products, music services, and voice services. No action is required.
If I continue using the S1 Controller app, what does that mean for my future experience?
By choosing to continue to use the S1 Controller app, you can continue to use your system as you do today. Moving forward, your system will receive bug fixes and security patches, but will not receive new software features like those in S2.
If I purchase a new product from Sonos in the future, can I add it to my S1 system?
Products released after April 2020 cannot be added to an S1 system. They will come pre-installed with the S2 software, and will not be compatible with the S1 Controller app.
What if some products in my system are S2 compatible and some are not?
You can continue using the S1 Controller app to control your system. You also have the option to create two separate systems: one with products that are S2 compatible and one with products that are not.
Do all these changes mean that Sonos is no longer ending software support for its oldest players?
You will still be able to use older Sonos products with the S1 Controller app. The S1 Controller app will receive bug fixes and security patches, but it will not receive future software features.
If I get a new phone, will I still be able to download the S1 Controller app?
Yes, in the event you choose to upgrade your phone you will still be able to download the S1 Controller app.
What will controlling two separate systems with S1 and S2 look like?
In June 2020, the Sonos app you use today will be renamed to the S1 Controller app. You will have the option to download the new Sonos app to separate your S1 and S2 players, to ensure S2 products get the latest software features. Once separated, you will have two different apps to manage your system, and will not be able to group S1 and S2 speakers as you do today.
Can I group an S1 and S2 system together?
If you keep your system on the S1 Controller app, you can continue to use your system as you do today. If you decide to download the new Sonos app and separate your S1 and S2 compatible speakers, you will not be able to group speakers across the different systems.
How will third-party integrations be impacted by the S1 and S2 apps?
We don’t anticipate a major impact to Works with Sonos and other third-party integrations with the introduction of the Sonos S2 app. Sonos is working with its partners directly to help tackle any challenges that may arise.
What higher resolution audio technologies is Sonos introducing?
There is nothing available to share today but the powerful new S2 platform will be able to support higher resolution audio technologies for music and home theater.