Sonos Speakers Go Silent And Under Armour Record Is Wiped
We Learned It From Logitech, They Announce In Harmony
The Internet of Things has once again reminded us how incredibly poorly thought out the various devices which call that place home are. Users of a variety of Sonos smart devices, including the Zone Player, Connect, Play:5, C200, Bridge and even the recent Connect:Amp received notification yesterday that their devices are no longer going to receive software updates. In a bold move Sonos declared even current generation products will be blocked from receiving updates if they associate with the aforementioned devices on the same network so you will have little choice but to unplug them. This is very reminiscent of Logitech’s two Christmas presents for Harmony Link and Harmony Hub owners.
Members of the football team are warned not to make fun of the band kids as they will be getting their own warning about several Under Armour products suffering a similar fate on March 31st. Their UA HealthBox kit which included a wrist-worn activity monitor, a smart scale, and a chest-strap-style heart rate monitor will soon be nothing more than very expensive and fairly useless weights as Under Armour will be effectively bricking them. They were not content to simply stop pushing updates to the devices as they also decided to pull the UA Record app needed for these devices to work from both Google Play and Apple’s App Store on New Year’s Eve; not bothering to tell anyone until January 8th.
As with Harmony, they have a new series of hardware and apps coming out, which they invite you to to purchase at full retail price. It’s not like you don’t have any reason not to trust them, right?
There is one caveat: customers with a mix of legacy and modern Sonos gear won't be able to run both together once a future update moves modern kit to a new version of the Sonos software. So legacy gear will have to be quarantined on its own network, a capability Sonos intends to facilitate shortly.