Sos adds support for AirPlay 2 to the latest speakers, activating Siri ctrol and multi-room audio

Sos announced today that its secd generati e, Beam, Playbase and Play: 5 speakers now support AirPlay 2, as promised.


This is the first time that Sos speakers support AirPlay in general, allowing users to easily stream audio ctent from iTunes Mac and virtually any applicati for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify, Hulu, Pandora and Netflix to compatible Sos speakers via Wi-Fi.

AirPlay allows Siri ctrol of Apple Music playback or podcasts compatible Sos speakers via iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, HomePod and Apple TV. For example, e could say "Hey Siri, play Beats 1 Radio in the room", after the speaker is named and assigned to a room in the Apple Home app iOS.

AirPlay 2 allows in particular multi-room audio playback for Sos speakers associated with other Sos, HomePod or Apple TV speakers. Sos speakers appear in the AirPlay Selector in Apps and Ctrol Center iOS devices.

Sos stated that its older speakers do not support AirPlay 2 ale because of processor limitatis, but in the Sos app they can be paired with any of the above-mentied speakers to allow support for the new Apple protocol. An older Playbar paired with a Playbase, for example, works with AirPlay 2.

Sos first showed reluctance to add AirPlay compatibility to its speakers, in part because of minor latency issues addressed by AirPlay 2.

Apple first activated AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.4, released at the end of May. Sos is the world's leading third-party speaker manufacturer …

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