Sonos One now is gen 2 with an update to the processor, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and increased memory.

The new Sonos One Gen 2 announcement seems to indicate that the sound quality is the same and the Gen 1 and 2 are interchangeable.

But the glimmer of hope Aussies have been waiting for is mentioned in passing:

There aren’t any functionality changes between the two, and Google Assistant will be coming to both of them when we’re ready to go.

It appears that both Gen 1 and Gen 2 will support Google Assistant. Sonos has an update here   – it’s a few months old but still attracting comments. Most have given up waiting and bought a Google Home Mini!

Sonos One

And the added processor speed and memory should enable AirPlay 2 support.

GadgetGuy’s take: Sonos One is sweet

It is the best sounding speaker, and while Alexa support is good, in Australia we have embraced Google Assistant. At last count, 76% of smart speakers were Google Assistant capable, and Alexa, Siri, et al. were well behind.

Sonos is important because it supports so many music sources.

The Gen 2 is identified on the product label and box.