Last October, the American electronics company Only U.S announced that the AirPlay 2 would be compatible with some of your devices, but didn't go into detail about what they would be. The confirmation of which speakers will get on the list of compatibility with Apple's new audio broadcast protocol was given yesterday to the The Mac Observer, and only them: Playbase, Play: 5 and One.
These products will be natively compatible with AirPlay 2, however consumers who have (also) older versions of Sonos speakers will not be left out. You will be able to use multi-room audio streaming technology on any speaker that is active with a group of other devices already connected to AirPlay 2. In other words, if you have a Sonos One in the kitchen connected with a Play: 1 (not compatible natively) in the living room, it will be possible to use AirPlay for the latter as well.
The electronics company has not confirmed when exactly the integration with AirPlay is complete. This will obviously require Apple to launch the new feature, detailed in June of last year. However, the official date has not yet been released and the tests are running on iOS 11.4, which is already in its second beta.
Coming out of the Apple ecosystem, Sonos made another promise last year: support Google Assistant. At the launch of Sonos One, the company indicated that the speaker counts on the smart assistant Alexa, as done until today; however, it did not give much news about the development of this project with Google. According to the company's sales website, “Sonos One is not compatible with call functions, messaging andDrop In“.
Now, we can only wait for the AirPlay 2 in fact.