Learn about the latest developments with the Sonos One SL Speaker

Sonos have made a press release in May 2021 regarding the compatibility with the Sonos S1 app. Read all about the developments here.

Sonos One SL can no longer be added to S1 systems May 2021.

In 2020 when Sonos introduced our their new operating software S2, Sonos are still committed to supporting users older products on the legacy software they now call S1. Those products still work today as they did more than a year ago, and Sonos continue to keep them updated with bug fixes and security patches.

One of the limitations Sonos were clear about was that as Sonos launch new products, Sonos won’t be able to offer backwards compatibility with S1. In May, Sonos are updating the One SL hardware, and while there are no feature benefits that justify releasing it as a generational update, some of these changes mean that users won’t be able to add a new or unregistered One SL running S2 firmware, to an S1 system.

What exactly is happening and why?

Sonos continually seek opportunities to make our products more efficient and sustainable. Sonos have made updates to the One SL that reduce waste, improve recyclability, and deliver efficiencies in power consumption. Some of these changes require updates to the One SL hardware and software that make it incompatible with S1 going forward. This change will not impact One SL products that are already integrated into S1 systems.

When do these changes take effect?

All One SL products registered from May 11 will only run on S2.

Does this update affect any other products?

One SL is the only product affected by this update.

Will a Sonos user be able to use the new One SL if they have S1 products in their home?

If a user continues to use S1 products and wants to add a One SL, they can split their system into two households - S1 and S2 - and control each independently.

Will Sonos continue to support the S1 product family?

Yes. Sonos will continue to support the existing S1 experience with bug fixes and security patches while also evolving the S2 platform to enable future products and services. Including those already using One SL in their systems, users can continue to use their S1 systems as before.

How long do Sonos users have left on S1?

Sonos has a commitment to maintaining customers’ experience which hasn’t changed. S1 products work today as they did over a year ago and Sonos continue to keep them updated with bug fixes and security patches. At the same time, Sonos are limited by the memory and processing power of these products.

Who do I speak to if I have more questions?

Please contact Powerbutton on 01275 848180 or you can speak to the Sonos technical team on 08000261526

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