In March this year, connected hi-fi firm Sonos announced plans for a big redesign of its iOS and Android apps, with a slinkier interface and new universal search feature to look for artists and songs across all its partner music services. Android users could try a beta at the time, but yesterday the app rolled out properly for both platforms. Universal search is there, with Sonos now partnered with 38 free and premium streaming music services around the world. Its playlists feature is more sophisticated now, able to pull in songs from different services; there’s a new alarms setting to schedule music to start playing at specific times; and an improved Now Playing screen with more controls. Sonos’ technology has always been impressive, but its apps occasionally lagged behind the features and interfaces of the standalone apps from its partners. The new app looks a big improvement on that score, and together with the company’s April announcement that it will soon remove the need for a ‘Bridge’ device connected to Sonos owners’ routers, shows it’s not resting on its laurels amid more competition in the connected hi-fi space.

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