Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and Global Positioning System navigation to any vehicle

All images Andrew Liszewski  Gizmodo

All images Andrew Liszewski Gizmodo

You can accomplish the same thing with an Echo Dot connected to Sonos speakers you already own, which is a good option for existing customers. An illuminated LED indicator light is on when the mic is active, ensuring no one is listening when users want privacy. With Alexa incorporated into the Garmin Speak, one is able to simultaneously receive navigation instructions and interact with the virtual assistant. If you're starting from scratch, in order to get everything working properly, you need to create your Sonos account, connect music services to it, download the Alexa app, and then link your Sonos and music services with Amazon, too.

Amazon's cloud-based digital assistant has already branched out from inclusion in the companies own smart speaker to tablets, lighting, smartphones and robot vacs.

As I navigated Spotify to play music through the Sonos One, Alexa tried to help out with the setup. Because I did not have to connect my Sonos One to any other devices, my setup was relatively painless, except when it took me several attempts to correctly tune my speaker. When Alexa wakes, there's a small tone of recognition, the volume of the music lowers, and there's a pause of a second as the command is recognized and executed.

For all the praise I've heaped on the Sonos One, there are a couple of things that I really don't like about it.

Do you like Sonos? Will Alexa transform how you experience music? This brings us to the biggest selling point of the Sonos One: It's still a good speaker, so if you're not anxious about the price, then theres no harm in picking one up. Full Spotify voice control is coming "very soon", Sonos says-"likely before the holidays". I'd go with Sonos wherever music matters, adding Echo Dots for voice control of the larger, older speakers.

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The Sonos One is set to release on October 24 and will be selling for $199. Much like any Echo device, you can adjust music, ask questions, issue commands and control smart home products without ever taking your hands off the steering wheel.

Amazon recently held an Alexa hardware launch event and unveiled a number of new Echo products but their focus was put on the home.

Right now voice control for choosing your music on Sonos One is limited to those services which are supported by Alexa, but all the rest of the controls, including asking Alexa which song is playing, work for anything playing on your Sonos. After tuning the speakers, the bass was much more pronounced, and the vocals weren't as bright, but warmer in tone.

When I switched to Apple Music, I could ask the One to play a song, album, artist or playlist in my music library. I could have had 40 people packed into the room and still heard crisp sound.

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