July 17, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Sonos owners finally have the ability to control their music players from a proper tablet app. While the Sonos Controller for Android has been compatible with Android for some time now, it was only functional because the app scaled up to fit the screen. It didn’t do a very good job of increasing, so buttons were small and the look of the app left much to be desired when used on anything but a phone.
Today, Sonos has been updated to support both 7 and 10 inch tablets. The new tablet view works in either landscape or portrait, and fills up all that dead space rather nicely. In landscape, there’s a two-panel view that always shows the Now Playing menu with song info and Like/dislike buttons for some streaming services on the left side. On the right side is the navigation portion that can switch between Pandora stations, Spotify playlists, or other music sources. Below both panels are options for seeing the queue, sharing, seeing song info, and setting up sleep and timers.
The object of the new design is to limit the amount of menu hunting and back-and-forth that happened in previous versions of Sonos. Settings are still kept away, but the most frequently used functions are now always viewable. The icons and images have also been scaled up to be more accessible and flow with the new design.