Smartphones may not exactly be known for their high-quality speakers; it’s just really difficult for engineers to make a speaker compact enough to fit inside a cramped smartphone casing that can still deliver full-spectrum performance. Of course, plug in a good set of headphones, and you’ve changed the game considerably. What do you do, though, when you want to share that listening experience with others? Sonos has just come out with an Android app that enables you to send music to its wireless ZonePlayers, letting you control a house full of music straight from your smartphone.
The Sonos hardware consists of both stand-alone ZonePlayers and units that act as an input to an existing stereo system. The idea is that you’d install one in any room where you’d like to have music, and then remotely control what music’s playing where. Normally you’d do this with the Sonos computer program or one of the company’s custom handheld smartphone-like controllers. Using your smartphone should give the same kind of experience without requiring you to buy extra hardware.
The Android app sources its music from subscription services you belong to, free internet radio stations, and songs stored on up to 16 computers on your home network. You can have each Sonos device in your house play something different, have the same song on in every room, or set up subsets of ZonePlayers that you’ll control simultaneously.
Sonos Controller for Android is available free in the Android Market. If you’ve already got the Sonos hardware, this install should be a no-brainer.