If you’re still using an older Sonos smart speaker at home, there’s some bad news waiting. The company has announced that starting in May 2020, legacy Sonos devices will stop receiving software updates and new features. Here are the devices that are falling out of favor with the company:
- Original Sonos ZonePlayers
- Sonos Connect
- Sonos Connect: Amp
- Sonos Play 5 (1st gen)
- Sonos CR200
- Sonos Bridge
It’s worth noting that some of the newer features haven’t made its way to older Sonos devices anyway, so this news merely serves as confirmation for something that users were already expecting. Sonos mentions that it took this decision due to limitations in power and memory with older devices which can make it unfeasible to run new features.
The company adds that if you’re using a combination of old and new Sonos devices at home, the new ones won’t work either. So if you’re looking to continue the same multi-room setup with all the new features onboard, you need to make sure you don’t have any of the aforementioned Sonos devices connected with your home network.
Sonos specifies that these devices will continue to function as they usually do after May 2020, so standard functionality should likely not be affected. But you can finally stop expecting an update from the company that can make everything new and shiny again. Perhaps this is the right time to invest in some of Sonos’ newer products with a wide range of products to choose from including Sonos Beam, One, Move, and so on.
Do you own any older Sonos products? What do you make of this announcement by the company?