Open beta for our upcoming software

Posted on June 15th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Products

Sonos softwareSonos is now beta testing new controller applications for iOS devices with Retina displays and Android Tablets.

Key features:

  •  iOS Retina Display: The Sonos Controllers for iPhone and iPad have been updated with high-resolution graphics for retina displays.
  • Android Tablet: Improved Tablet experience in landscape orientation.

If you would like to receive early access to the beta version of these controllers, please go to the My Account section on the Sonos website. Once you have logged in with the email address you used to register your Sonos, you can click on Sonos Beta. You will see a program called iOS Retina Display and Android Tablet Beta which you can join. Once joined, please follow the provided instructions to upgrade your controllers.

Please note: Beta testing requires weekly software updates and participation is not guaranteed. Expect the unexpected. Remember, this is beta software. And tell us everything—the good and the bad—by emailing

Posted on June 15th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Products

32 Responses to “Open beta for our upcoming software”

Johnny PepperoniJune 15th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Just installed a friends HTPC with SL6 (linux). After everything was set up and running great he told me about his sonos stuff at home. After googling a bit – I though everything would go over dlna – I thought well if they support android there’s certainly a non-arm linux client. Unfortunately after checking the forums it seems to be some taboo topic? Can anyone enlighten me on whats going on and why its not being ported? I mean most HTPCs have linux backends, probably as much as android does :-)

Johnny PepperoniJune 15th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

oh dear, removing comments without notification is pathetic. nokia style i guess 😀 goodbye and good drowning.

PerJune 15th, 2012 at 10:56 pm


I try to find the Sonos Beta buttom to click and join. But I can´t find it anywhere (I am logged in). Does it not exist on the Swedish version of Sonos maybe?

JohnJune 16th, 2012 at 1:00 am

First impressions on Android tablet are really good – it looks just like the new desktop software, but somehow works better on a tablet.  Both portrait and landscape works very well.  (Not really tried using it much yet but so far so good.)

Jorgen CuyckensJune 16th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Despite following the guide I was not able to find a learn more button in the online updates section. Online updates was telling only that the system is up to date.

JohnJune 16th, 2012 at 10:15 am

One thing I’ve noticed is that the volume slider is a bit odd.  Firstly, I wasn’t sure how to change the volume for one zone only – turns out I hda to press the volume slider.  Which I didn’t really expect as you don’t normally click sliders.

Then when it opened it was very hard to make small adjustments to the volume for a zone.  I wanted the volume way down but after a while it becomes almost impossible.

Massive improvement though.  Also really nice that Sonos are doing an open beta – hope this is just the start and we get to see more of this kind of thing.

HansJune 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I appreciate the open beta.
First thing I tested: Sorting of international characters is still not fixed. When you scroll and look for an artist/album/song with the first letter being an international character, the results are not where you expect them to be. I reported this over a year ago (and after every update since then). Sonos support tells me it’s a “feature request” that they don’t know the sequence of the alphabet… wow.

SimonJune 17th, 2012 at 8:13 am

I like the new look on tablets. Its realy comforable to use sonos without turning my head now. The volume slider shoud be biger. There is enought space to do so
A landscape mode is still missing on my smartphone. Is that expected?

Loic_appartJune 21st, 2012 at 8:35 am

 Hi, Is it possible to have an estimated time frame for the release of the android sonos version for tablet ?

SonosJune 21st, 2012 at 10:35 am

 You can currently test that capability if you sign up for this beta. We are not able to give a timeline for final availability at this time.

Andreas HenningssonJune 23rd, 2012 at 6:26 am

I use iPhone 4s and iPad 2 as sonos Controller. None of them use retina display right?

Andreas HenningssonJune 25th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

A good feature would also be the possibility to add songs to existing playlists without interupt the current playing music. An “Add to existing Playlist” option.

Andreas HenningssonJune 25th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I would also like to have a Linux client. The sonos speaker use standard UPnP right? I guess it is possible to write one for Linux. But I am not 100% what functions that are avalible in the UPnP specifications.  

Simon LawJune 27th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Landscape mode for smartphones would be lovely as well. My Galaxy Nexus dock is landscape so it does make it difficult to control the Sonos system while it’s docked.

Mike WJuly 3rd, 2012 at 9:59 am

” They don’t know the sequence of the alphabet..”

That’s appalling. International character set collations have been documented for a long time and are trivially easy to find on the web. I was one of the reviewers of a Windows text on internationalization back in the early 90s. This is not new, but then again one of the main reasons that Netscape Navigator failed was that it left this crucial bit of engineering until way too late – it was largely unusable in major markets. 

My suspicion is that Sonos are using a cross-platform code library that doesn’t handle international character sets.  

PerJuly 7th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Hello John

I agree with you that the volume control is a bit to hard to manage. Please try to make it a bit bigger. Now the finger covers the control so it is also difficult to see if it moves.

NeilOctober 31st, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I also have probs with the volume control. I would like something similar to the device used for ‘Editing Alarm Time’

Mika KovalainenJune 21st, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Visual eye candy is one thing, but the Spotify stability has gone from OK to really bad lately. I can play spotify with 0 delay on my windows client here (and have premium), and i can play local music with 0 delay on Sonos, but Spotify on Sonos has gone really bad over time.

DenisSeptember 2nd, 2013 at 6:56 am

Can’t participate, when I initialy connected , I joined the first program listed called “Florence”. Then nothing happens.

The “Florence” item then disapear and now I have the “SONOS 4.2 SOFTWARE OPEN BETA” available but I cannot join it . I have an alert saying : “You must remove yourself from the currently joined beta before you will be able join this one.”.

What should I do ?

Sonos Support TeamSeptember 6th, 2013 at 11:21 am

Hello Denis,

If your account is currently flagged for a particular beta program, it will show up above the other available beta programs on that page. In this case, it should show a listing (in pale red) above the “Sonos 4.2 Software Open Beta” option. The current beta program will have a “Remove” button to the right which you can use to opt out, which should then allow you to join the 4.2 beta.

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