This is the new Sonos app, coming May 7th

Sonos will release a substantial update to its mobile app for Android and iOS on May 7. The edge has learned. Based on screenshots provided by people familiar with the company’s plans, the app is getting a new coat of paint. Sonos is also working to make product setup easier and strengthen connectivity among its many speakers. As always, the specific release date is subject to change if the company encounters any last-minute issues.

The revamped app will roll out as an update to the Sonos S2 app that the company released in 2020 when it discontinued some of its older products and left them on the older S1 platform.

It changes the current design of the S2 app by ditching the bottom navigation tabs and putting everything on a single central home screen. Sonos is also adding several quality-of-life features, like a persistent search bar at the bottom of the app that lets users quickly find music. The shuffle and repeat buttons will now be directly accessible from the Now Playing screen. And you’ll be able to adjust a volume slider from the mini player, no matter where you are in the app.

The home screen also becomes more customizable, with drop-down carousels of playlists and music services. Users will be able to rearrange things however they want and place their favorite playlists right on the home screen. Speaker and soundbar settings will be accessible through a “Your System” section. The app icon will change from a beige background to black with the company logo in white text.

The Sonos app has been the subject of frequent criticism from some customers, although it currently enjoys a rather high average rating of 4.4 stars on the App Store and a decent 3.9 stars on Google Play.

Bloomberg previously reported on the revamped app, which is codenamed Passport. The new software will serve as a precursor to Sonos’ first-ever wireless headphones, which are expected to cost $449 and will compete with high-end models from Apple, Sony, Sennheiser and other brands.

The main selling point of Sonos headphones will be their deep integration with the company’s speaker ecosystem. Owners of Sonos soundbars will, for example, be able to listen to TV sound wirelessly through their headphones. CEO Patrick Spence expects headphones to be Sonos’ next big hit.

Last year, the company introduced a slew of new hardware products, including the Era 300, Era 100, and Move 2 Bluetooth speakers. But 2024 has been relatively quiet for Sonos so far. That should change in the coming months when the headphones finally debut after years of rumors.

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