If you’re a Sonos user looking to bring deeper iPhone, iPad, and Siri integration to your smart speakers, Soro is a new iOS app to accomplish just that. The app is designed to give you additional features for controlling your Sonos speakers with Siri and the Shortcuts app.
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The developer explains the idea behind Soro:
Soro extends Siri and the Shortcuts app with 24 new actions to control your Sonos speakers. Create quick actions and workflows to control your speakers with the Shortcuts app using widgets, Siri voice commands, or automations.
In total, Soro includes 24 actions that you can integrate with the Shortcuts app. Those actions include:
- The Sonos app is well designed and runs on iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. From the app you can control all of the speakers or zones, group them in any combination, adjust the volume of each.
- I used the Sonos applications on iOS and macOS for playback during this test. Through the Sonos apps and the Sonos Connect, I streamed my known HDCD releases first from my local ripped CD copy, then through Qobuz, then through Tidal, and finally through Amazon Music HD. I wanted to use my local file baseline, then a few streaming service baselines.
- The speaker can be controlled with the Sonos app, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, or physical touch controls. Built-in LED lights indicate speaker, microphone, and battery status.
- Set Volume
- Load music from your “My Sonos” to your speaker or your speakers list
- Load URL
- Set a Sleep Timer
- Set Line-In input
- Set TV input
- Change Repeat/Shuffle
- Adjust Equalizer Settings (Treble/Bass/Loudness/Trueplay)
- Turn Speech Enhancement On/Off
- Turn Night Mode On/Off
- Adjust subwoofer and surround sound settings
Using these Soro actions in the Shortcuts app, you can create a variety of powerful automations to control your Sonos speakers. Macbook smc firmware update. For example, you could create a shortcut that sets the volume, groups multiple speakers together, and begins playing your music, all without actually interacting with the Sonos app itself.
Once you create the Sonos automations in the Shortcuts application, you can then use your custom Siri phrase to control your Sonos speakers. You can also run the shortcuts directly from the Shortcuts application, or by adding the Shortcuts widget to your iPhone or iPad’s home screen.
And if you don’t know where to start, Soro includes a variety of example automations that can show you some possible automations. Soro is available on the App Store as a one-time purchase of $5.99, with no other in-app purchases or subscriptions.
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Apple is both famous and infamous for its stringent quality control over its app stores but some developers, not just Epic Games, have always criticized its sometimes incomprehensible policies that are applied inconsistently depending on the app. Valve has learned that the hard way years ago when it first launched the Steam Link app for iOS. While that has been resolved, it took two more years before the macOS version of the app finally makes its way to Apple’s desktop platform.
Steam Link was previously dedicated hardware that allowed owners to stream Steam games from a single, powerful PC somewhere in the house to any other supported device, be it PC or mobile. Valve has long removed the middle man, though, and simplified things by only requiring a single Steam Link app. Regardless of hardware or software implementation, the concept remains the same.
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That, however, didn’t sit well with Apple when Valve launched Steam Link for iOS. The iPhone maker claimed that the app violated its App Store policies, particularly one that prohibited any other content store on the mobile platform despite Steam Link simply being a remote desktop kind of software. After some back and forth, however, it turned out that Apple’s main gripe was that it couldn’t control what users would be buying from Steam, especially content it doesn’t deem appropriate for its users.
A year later, Steam Link was finally able to return to the iOS App Store for good with the one restriction that you couldn’t buy new games via that link and only stream games you’ve already purchased on Steam. Almost two years later, Steam Link is also now available on the Mac App Store with the exact same restrictions.
Steam is, of course, available on macOS directly but this would allow Mac users to use a beefier gaming PC or access titles that are available only for Windows, Steam’s main platform. That said, a fast and stable local network is required, preferably Gigabit Ethernet or 5GHz Wi-Fi. Controller support is also possible but only for MFi-certified controllers.