Mission Control: Android tablet ready for takeoff

Posted on November 29th, 2011 by Sonos Staff in News, Products

Sonos controller on Kindle FireSonos is on a mission—to let you control your music any way you want. And that now includes Android tablets.  With the free Sonos Controller for Android you can fire up your favorite tablet–perhaps the Kindle Fire or the Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab–start reading your favorite blog, and wirelessly control all your favorite music via Sonos. (Might we suggest FILTER’s Ktichen Mix, our collaborative playlist dedicated to The Legendary 808, or some jazz standards?)

Sounds amazing, right? Well, there’s more: the Sonos Controller for Android also includes new enhancements such as alarms, music library management and Twitter support–so, while you’re blasting songs you can seamlessly tweet your Sonos listening habits to all your devoted followers. And yes, all the new features work on your Android smartphone, too. Download it (or update) today for a truly HiFi experience.

Posted on November 29th, 2011 by Sonos Staff in News, Products

  • Jim

    Doesnt seem to be anynew features in the one on rhe Market ?


    • Halsband

      Month for month passes by… and still no landscape. !

  • Jim

    Also the Asus Transformer is the best selling tablet, winning awards over even the ipad and you dont mention it – strange


  • AlanF

    Come on guys – what about the World’s second biggest selling tablet in 2011 – the HP Touchpad
    Lots out there
    I certainly would love a Sonos controller for WebOS

  • Jorgen Danielsen

    Smart idea is to update and then send a newsletter about it 😉

  • Paul Grove

    No update yet in the UK for my Asus transformer :-(

  • Fiede – Sonos

    Thank you for your patience while we update the app on the Android Marketplace – it should be available shortly.

  • John Wright

    Still no update in Canada

  • Deb Adkins

    Will the auto rotate be fixed?

    • Adam

      I completely agree. This was a total bait and switch. I have actually been holding off on buying Sonos due to the lack of an Android Table controller. When I got the notification that an Android Table controller was out – I just TRUSTED that it would be as well done as the iPad and ran out to buy my multi-room system. Well, the set-up was as easy as advertised. But then i installed this app on my Xoom and it looks just as big and dopey and portrait as the previous version. I’m seriously considering a return based on this HUGE disappointment…  Portrait lock and a huge looking phone type experience on my Android Tablet just doesn’t work for me guys. 

  • http://twitter.com/Wulf684 Jens Kunst

    No offence, but how can you advertise “intelligent scaling” and yet lock the app in portrait?
    My ZP90 is awesome, but the Android app blows it.

  • Crandall68

    How can We get it

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      It’s available in the Android Market.

  • Rob

    Great to have the app for android but it’s no where near as nice as the iPad app! When will you update the app to look as nice and function the same as the iPad app?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Hi Rob – We will continue to update our controller apps, though we don’t have a timeline to announce. Of course, the Android app will never be *exactly* the same as the iPad app, since they are two different operating systems. :)

  • Mike Hilton

    Im confused. In the uk on my XOOM the app just looks like the phone android app e.g portrait only. Is there another app or this it?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Hi Mike – If it works on the XOOM, that is the correct app.

    • JohnDische

      I had the same response. I even uninstalled and re-installed because I was convinced that Sonos would not release such as half-baked android tablet controller… FOLKS – You should not buy the hype here. This controller is not finished. Hopefully the Sonos folks here will acknowledge that they feel seriously short on this and update the app so that it is the same as the iPad app.

  • Adam

    Guys… Are you serious? No auto-rotate? This is simply insane. You guys are usually so good on usability. Whoever is the usability manager on this release should be fired!  Your app SIMPLY MUST allow us to stay in landscape which is how most people use tablets….  

  • KeithSW

    I’m confused.  I tried to download the Androd app to my tablet.  Fail – message said my device was not a phone.  Duh!

    Is the problem with my tablet set up, or has the android tablet app been temporarily taken off the market?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Hi Keith – It is still available in the Market. Please let our support team know if you are still having issues: http://www.sonos.com/support/

  • PJ

    Hey, Sonos, thanks for the Android tablet app. Works great. +1 on the need for auto-rotate–please get this added soon. But nice job so far. 

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Thanks, PJ – your feature request has been noted!

  • Fred Walters

    Dear Sonos.

    Based on your press releases and email blasts announcing the proud arrival of the Android Table support for your controller, we finally decided to go out and buy a multi-room system for our 5,400 sq ft house. We were very excited as we have a New Year’s Eve party coming up which will be an awesome opportunity to show-case your technology.

    HOWEVER. After installing the Android Tablet controller, we found that the controls are permanently locked in portrait. As a result, your ‘leading edge technology’ will be in the table cradle and, in some cases, mounted to the wall SIDEWAYS…

    YES – WE ARE GOING TO SHOW OFF YOUR SOFTWARE AT OUR NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY SIDEWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ARE YOU GUYS OUT OF YOUR MINDS@google-4a13101db0c16a7af995272352357f95:disqus 

    Sorry for the screaming, but it’s been several weeks if you read this thread and nobody from Sonos has even responded….   

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      We are continually developing new software and improving upon the software that is currently available. The Android Tablet Controller is no exception, and we are aware that landscape mode is a top desired feature.

  • Gordo365

    If I connect my Kindle FIre to the Sonos bridge (versus other wifi network) – do other Kindle features still work?  Ie surfing web, etc?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Hi there – Not sure we understand the question fully, but we don’t recommend connecting to the Sonos network for web surfing (and etc) from devices–it’s better to use your home WiFi. The Sonos app, however, will not at all interfere with any of the functionality of your device.

  • Lunapark

    I really really hope that you soon come out with a App to Android Tablets simulair to the Ipad version.

    Its an awful sotftware compared to the Ipad version, I just hate when the App releases are different from Android and IOS.

    And offcourse its possible to create the same features, its just another code :-)

    Id say you should drop your christmas holidays, and keep working on the Android Tablet app.
    Its really a disspointment when you bought a system for $500,
    and then be satisfied with this crappy Tablet version.

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Our team of developers is working constantly to improve and expand upon the various Sonos software components. As with our other software, we will continue to develop on the Android tablet controller. Landscape mode is a top-requested feature for this program.

  • Frank143

    Seriously sonos. When is someone going to reply to these android controller problems? Your release really sucks.

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Hi there – To which problems do you refer? There are multiple responses throughout this comment thread. Please let us know your specific issues so that we may address your concerns.

  • Tim

    How can I get the Sonos app onto my Nokia 5530 phone as I can’t access the AppStore only Nokia/Ovi stores…?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Hi Tim – This app is available in the Android Market and Amazon Marketplace.

  • http://www.louderback.com jim louderback

    Where’s the auto-rotate.  My neck hurts from turning my head sideways to look at the playback image.  C’mon, this should have been an automatic.


    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Hi Jim – Auto-rotate is not available for the Android tablet controller currently, but it’s a top-requested feature that we aim to develop toward for a future release.

  • Lunapark

    Offtopic:Is is envisaged to develop an android docking station? 
    I guess its possible to connect the sound through minijack, and then the Sonos data,can be controlled by the micro-usb ?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      We have nothing to announce on a docking station. Not sure we understand the second question fully, but the Sonos system can only be controlled directly through one of our hardware or software controllers.

  • Flemming Hoffmeyer

    Can only agree on my major dissapointment in the android app for tablets. This is not an app for tablets, it is designed for a phone. Bummer!! On such a high quality product I expected this to be just as polished. I guess I was wrong.

    • T P

      I agree to the above. LOVE the system as a whole, but this tablet app was really disappointing. I was hoping for something better than an enlarged phone application. I hope you’ll improve on it quickly!

    • Claus

      I agree completly. Just take a look at the app for the ipad. I seriously hope that Sonos will develope somthing like that for Android

    • Tony

      Sadly I will not be buying a SONOS since I refuse to pay over £250 for a SONOS controller (and that’s all it is) or buy an Android tablet to control it because I can’t bring myself to buy anything Apple mostly because of the cost, so SONOS is going to loose out. Bummer, I was really looking forward to getting a Sonos 3.

      • Machiel

        @Tony if you got a smartphone(Android) you could control a Sonos system with that. I’m using an older Android smartphone as permanent Sonos Control next to my current Android phone. If you have a Windows tablet with Windows 8(not RT) you could also use that. So you don’t need a tablet perse.

  • Bill2328

    Wow. Lack of auro-rotate is pretty much saying ‘we don’t care about tablet users.’ Can anyone say kindle fire? I guess Sonos is happy to let those customers Goto the competitor.

  • Coolgert

    Can i turn my Sonos to landscape on a android tablet. 

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Not at this time, though we are working on adding this feature.

  • Frank Rogers

    I’m so sick of looking at my music selection sideways. When is auto-rotate coming?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Hi Frank – We don’t announce timelines, but we know this is a very important feature to our customers and will be updating the controller app accordingly.

  • Machiel

    What a big dissapointment. This is just not a tablet app. I’ve got a Transformer with dock and the app is always sideways. Just a phone app for visual impaired people on a tablet. I quess if this is a top priority request it’s almost ready to release isn’t it Sonos?

  • MS

    Dear Sonos.
    I am really happy with my ZP90 and ZP120 (and the awsome integration with Spotify).  However, I agree with the others that a “real” Android tablet version of the Sonos Controller is highly desirable.

    BTW: Could I please squeeze in an extra feature request? Since there’s a lot of “real-estate” on tablet displays I would like to suggest that you implement a row (or column) of customizable buttons that should be displayed on all screens. The user should then be allowed to assign a kind of “macro” to each of the buttons (and to edit the button label, of course) — macro examples could be:

    * Play radio station “XYZ” on my kitchen Sonos and set volume to 35%.
    * Group all my Sonos devices, play the Spotify playlist named “My Spotify Favorites”, and set volume to 70%.
    * Play playlist “Country Favorites” in living room, play radio station “XYZ” in kitchen
    * etc.

    I sometimes find myself turning on my old FM radio even though I might as well have tuned in on the same radio station on my Sonos system. The reason for this is that it is a LOT faster to use my FM radio — for example, I can tune into one of my favorite stations with a single click.  On my Android Sonos controller it takes 6 taps on the screen!!!

    With the addition of customizeable buttons I would be able to tune into a radio station in just 1 or 2 taps.

    I know that developing an intuitive UI for defining macro operations may not be the easiest thing in the world. But — hey — you are usability experts, right?!?  :-)

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Thanks for the feedback! We’ll pass it on to our development team. :)

  • Don

    The “macro” capability below is a great idea. It would be a fantastic enhancement which would sell many more units.

    I would like to also see an outdoor, weather-proof, version of the Play:3 or Play:5, or perhaps just a weatherproof cover that goes around them.

    Also, how about a rechargeable battery powered version of the Play:3?  Something truly wireless, that could play for 4 hours or so, before recharging?

    But first, you need to release the software to enable Android tablets to display in landscape mode!

  • Thomas Mikkel Jensen

    Dear Sonos
    We have waited for so long time now for the REAL Android tablet app (like the iPad app) – not the enlarged mobile app. 

    Is this really not at top priority for your developer team??

    Do you have a time estimate for the real Android tablet app??

    Best regards
    Thomas Jensen 

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

       Hi Thomas — We do not announce timelines. However, we are constantly updating our software and will continue to improve upon all of our Controller Apps, include the Android tablet version.

      • Phumphs

        Hi Sonos,

        Any update. I have just purchased my system and demo was done with IPAD. Not only is app missing landscape but you can not set up shuffle or repeat

        • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team


          You can set shuffle, repeat, and crossfade from the Now Playing screen by tapping with your finger on the Artist / Album / Track information area.  This will pull down a bar from the top with these controls (similar to how an iPhone / iPod works).


          Sonos Support Team

  • Andy Mc

    Can you confirm if the Android tablet app will be getting an update to bring it inline with the Ipad app?

    I love my sonos but the current android app is a real let down. If people come round and ask to see how it works I won’t even show them the android tablet app as I think it makes the whole system look cheap.

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

       We are working to update the Android Controller app, though we don’t announce timelines.

  • http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/SAT-and-Cable-Liverpool-s-Leading-Retailer-of-Satellite-and-Cable-Products/2960797 Flytouch 7

    Yes, I am agreed with you. The Sonso is an outstanding and HiFi system on android, which includes so many enhancements such as music management, twitter site and alarms.