I’m typically an enormous fan of the Sonos Roam, however within the months because the moveable speaker was launched, I’ve positively come throughout one draw back: subpar energy administration. When the machine is sitting round idle, its battery drains a lot sooner than I’d like — and extra quickly than most Bluetooth audio system. Typically which means a useless Roam on the very second you need to use it most. This has led me to fully energy off the speaker when it’s not getting used, which is lower than very best for one thing that’s meant to fit right into a multi-room sound system.

Fortunately, at the moment, Sonos has made some enhancements to deal with battery drain.

After putting in the newest software program replace (with the Sonos app on Android or iOS), the Roam ought to last more on a cost when it’s not doing something. “We’ve improved Roam’s power management to help extend Roam’s battery life when it’s not actively being used,” Sonos stated in its replace notes for the Sonos S2 13.3 replace.

The Roam’s playback buttons can now wake it from sleep.
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The replace additionally makes it potential to wake the Roam from sleep by urgent any of the buttons on high; earlier than, this might solely be accomplished with the ability button round again. And the Sonos app will now notify you if the Roam is linked to a charger that isn’t offering sufficient juice to really cost the battery. Final, Sonos says two Roams that had been stereo paired will now robotically relink if one among them briefly loses connection to the community.

To put in the replace, be sure you’ve received the newest model of the Sonos app put in on Android, iOS, PC, or Mac. On cellular, it’s best to robotically be prompted to replace your units once you open the app. If not, you may nonetheless manually test for the replace by tapping on the gear tab, selecting system, after which system updates.


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