News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday July 23, 2013.
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The Sonos Wireless HiFi System has for many months allowed Apple iPhone and iPad users to play music stored on their devices, but Android users have had to rely on connecting their speakers to cloud streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Now Android users can play music directly from their phone or tablet to Sonos.
Sonos Controller for Android version 4.1.1. adds the ability to stream music or podcasts stored on their phone's internal memory or microSD card. Users can enable the feature by going to Music > This Mobile Device and selecting a file to play. Only MP3 files stored on the device are accessible through Sonos. Files from streaming apps like Google Play that are marked for offline storage do not work.
Android 2.1 or later is required to stream music from a phone to Sonos. In order to listen to podcasts, a device must have Android 2.2 or later. Compatibility with phones may also be an issue because I'm unable to stream music from any of the 5 Android devices currently in my house. Samsung, HTC, LG, and Blu products all failed in my attempts to stream, but others claim that they are able to access Sonos. Download the update from Google Play and see if you fare better than I did.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.