Sonos introduces universal search across music services in new mobile controller app

Gigaom

Five years after launching its first iOS (S AAPL) app, internet-connected speaker maker Sonos is finally getting ready to give its mobile experience a complete overhaul. The new controller app features a universal search functionality, making it possible to discover artists through one service and then keep listening through another.

Sonos is making the new app available on Android (S GOOG) as an open beta test first, and will bring out an iOS app as well as a final version of the Android app later this spring. The company wants to relaunch its desktop controller app later this year. Sonos Director of User Experience Research Mark Trammell told me during a recent interview that the usage of the Sonos desktop app is dropping quickly. New users in particular primarily controlling their speakers through the mobile app, which is why the company decided to focus on mobile first for this relaunch.

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