Android Sample App


The Android sample app demonstrates the group discovery, playback and volume features, as well as how to handle changes to groups described in the Discover and Sonos Control API documentation. Download the APK or the source code package to follow along below. See the included for additional details and release notes.


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Sample App User Experience

The Android sample app illustrates a few core concepts about how to use the Control API to provide a good user experience. When you first open the app, it displays a list of Sonos groups on the network. You can choose a group on which to play music. Once you have chosen a group, the app displays what is currently playing in that group, including the album art, a previous button, a play/pause button, a next button, and a volume slider with the ability to mute audio in the group.

The app displays all of the Sonos groups on a home network, regardless of household (if you have multiple households in your network, you will see a list of groups that exist in different households). There is no way to load music on Sonos, so you must either already have music loaded or add it with a Sonos controller app. The album art will be blank until after music has started playing.

Download, set up, build, & test on Android device

Click the buttons at the top of this page to download the APK or source code package.

  • Android Control API Sample App.apk – click the download link above from your Android device to install the APK directly on your device. Be sure to allow installation from unknown sources.
  • Android Control API Sample App Source Code Package – download this package and see the file for instructions on how to set up, build, and test the app in Android Studio.
Sample App Architecture

The sample app uses Java interfaces for group discovery, handling changes to groups, playback, and volume. The SonosPlayer class implements the playback, volume, group management interfaces and the SonosGroupDiscovery class implements the group discovery interface. The sections below describe how the app uses these interfaces to offer these features. The sample code is richly commented. It has been edited for brevity below, please see the actual source code for more details.

Discover groups

First, your app must discover groups on the network. The sample app uses SSDP with both UDP multicast and broadcast messages, as described in the Discover documentation.

The SonosGroupDiscovery class implements the GroupDiscoveryInterface interface to find and display a list of groups on the network. The group discovery interface has a listener interface for finding Sonos groups and the class includes methods to start and stop group discovery and return events.

The implementation does this by finding the groups that your app can connect to on the local network using SSDP messages, parsing and processing messages, and updating the list of groups in the group selection menu. It also identifies changes to groups by handling UDP multicast messages, as well as sending three M-SEARCH multicast and broadcast requests one second apart, while the group menu is displayed. We broadcast as well as multicast to support Wi-Fi routers that have issues with multicast messages.

Handle group changes

Once a user has selected a group and has started playing music, controlling playback, or controlling volume with your app, you must have a way to handle changes to the this group. The SonosPlayer class implements the GroupManagementInterface to handle and forward events about changes to the selected group. Players will send groupCoordinatorChanged events when the group coordinator has been moved, updated, or is gone, but your app should also handle cases when the group is not reachable, or your app is not able to connect to it, such as when there are network delays.

Control playback

The app shows a screen with playback controls for the selected group. The SonosPlayer class implements the PlaybackInterface interface to play, pause, go to the next track, or go to the previous track.

Control volume

Users can raise or lower volume using the volume slider. The slider also displays volume changes made by other apps or from pressing the hardware buttons on players. The SonosPlayer class implements the VolumeInterface interface to set the volume and mute state.

Throttle volume messages

The VolumeModel class also implements the VolumeInterface.Listener interface as a buffer to handle the messages sent when users scrub the volume slider. This class handles how to throttle messages to the group coordinator to improve the user experience, as otherwise, a large amount of messages can be sent to all players in a group, which causes them all to send events back, causing Wi-Fi network pollution (for example, if a user has 8 players in a group and scrubs the volume up and down several times a second).