The new app that Sonos announced in March will be released on June 8th. With it, the S2 platform is introduced, which only supports the new Sonos Arc, Five and Sub. This new underlying operating system will soon find its way to other Sonos products – pretty much everything except the very old legacy devices that we keep writing about.
If the revised Sonos app is available, the current version in the Apple App Store and on Google Play will be renamed “Sonos S1 Controller”. The new model will simply be "Sonos", and although the design is familiar, S2 opens up many possibilities, according to Sonos:
This next generation of the app offers support for higher resolution audio technologies, which is reflected in the Dolby Atmos experience on Arc, as well as increased security and an improved design for easier use. Updates to the user interface make it easier for customers to search for content, control the sound and personalize the experience with new functions – starting with saved room groups.
Saved room groups are one of the improvements that go with the S2 app.
Sonos has routinely determined that you don't need to upgrade your existing system to S2. If you have a multiroom setup that includes any of the following products for which no new features are available, you can just leave everything as it is today.
The oldest Sonos devices remain in the current app
"Your system receives bug fixes and security patches, but none of the new software features from S2," says the company's frequently asked questions. “We will work with our partners to ensure that your music and voice services will work with our oldest products as long as we can due to their storage and processing performance limitations. If we encounter a core of experience that cannot be addressed, we will let you know. "
You can also split your Sonos system into two parts so that the S2-compatible devices continue to receive software updates with the older devices in a separate system that remains permanently on the older Sonos S1 platform. Sounds confusing, doesn't it? Fortunately, Sonos has released a detailed help section on this bifurcation process. However, please note that the two systems cannot be combined to the same music.
Here's a diagram from Sonos trying to make this entire transition a little clearer:
Keep in mind that if you have an older Sonos device and want to avoid all of this, you'll get a 30 percent discount on everything from the company's modern product range. Note the following: As of today’s three product announcements, the new Sonos hardware will only work on the S2 platform incompatible with S1 in total.
When the new Sonos app is released, your settings and preferences are applied automatically. Like the version it replaces, the Sonos S2 app will be available for iOS, iPadOS, Android, Windows and macOS. However, the Trueplay feature, which adjusts the sound of your Sonos speaker depending on the room, can only be used on an iPhone or iPad.