Important message regarding the Snips Console

The Snips Console was created to bring together voice developers and AI enthusiasts to build private-by-design voice assistants on the edge. After three years of working with this incredible community, the Snips Console will be closing on January 31, 2020.

Following the acquisition of Snips by Sonos, the team will be focusing all of its efforts to help bring private-by-design voice technology to millions of homes around the world. Sonos believes in the same principles of choice, ease of use, control, and privacy. While this regrettably means the Snips console can no longer remain open, we believe this move will ultimately improve the experience for listeners and the options for developers.

We are extremely proud of the community we built together, and continue to believe in embedded voice control, end-user data privacy, cloud independence and personalisation. We are inspired by the many great projects - from home automation to gaming - that have been created and used by community members every day.

We thank you sincerely for your support, and would like to reassure you that the console will remain open until January 31, 2020 so you can complete and download all your projects.

Snips Team

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This is outrageous!

I’m planning some petionning at first time, will need all the possible momentum for it

The petition to sign, please

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The lack of communication suggested this kind of issue … A real scandal … !!!

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Fortunately, I have always refused to equip me Sonos systems …
The choice Sonos will perhaps give some more Open Source ideas to his competitors in the multiroom

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Months of silence until we heard ANYTHING about snips, and now you expect us to finish our year long projects in just 2 month?!

THIS is a real punch in the face of EVERYBODY that invested their private time.

Glad to see what Sonos thinks of the makers community… Sad to see, that the Snips team could not resist the money…

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How is this move giving better options for developers? Or do you me YOUR developers? Not the community to made the project what it is. You have any plans on releasing any part of the console so we can proceed to develop as a community?

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Please sign the following https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/let-snips-makers-live.html

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So what are the future options for developers to continue their projects with Snips, if the online console gets shut down? Or does this mean it will not be possible to create new apps in the future?

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That’s so sad to see how you dropped your whole community which helped snips significantly to get to the point where it is now.
Just another case where souls have been sold by money.
And of course you always liked to call it ‘open source’…

Snips you are a snitch!

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Very, very disappointing!
But it is in Line with my previous experience with SONOS. They do not give a f*** about community, freedom or open source.
I advice all my friends never to buy any product of that company again!

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Hello,

It’s very sad to listen it but there is few month I was thinking about this kind of news because no effort in documentation but website are improved with New design and why have we have to use the console.
I Will sign the petition but to my mind we have to move to another projet, maybe Mycroft ?

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The saddest news I have read today :cry:

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That can’t be!:sob::sob::sob:
I‘m so sad…

An ass kick for the Community members as a thanks for testing and bug-finding?
THANK YOU SNIPS-TEAM!

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I don’t unterstand why you do this! I love Snips and I enjoy to build my own Voiceassistant which controls my lights, etc. And now I won’t be able to build new apps or edit my apps, that’s terrible. I’m really disappointed!
Thank you SONOS for buying Snips!

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They sure did… POOF… its all gone… the fact it was always advertised as being open source, and yet was never fully open from the beginning to developers and makers for all snips components always seemed off, and now its proof why (to be sold).

Sono have done little for their current developers so i highly doubt they care to open source it for makers… Sonos bought Snips to better their own competition, so why would they open it for others to be equal to themselves (that does not help their bottom line for profit)

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A real shame and pity for so much valuable users who push the boundaries of this solution.

I will never buy anything from sonos. Thanks to show everyone what this company is really.

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I’m new here but actively following this project for years already. I finally got ready to buy some hardware and was planning to soon start with Snips, now this!

I can understand it:

  • Sonos bought Snips to exclusively use it
  • Sonos wants you to buy there products and not to build your own
  • Sonos is not a very user-friendly or privacy friendly company

That is why they take Snips away. They bought it, and they don’t give a *** for the community, the same as the force everyone of their customers to create an account for using the bought products in the future. I guess there is no future for a community around Snips.

Sonos, your behavior is exactly why I went for another Audio system. One with a very open API, one which doesn’t force you to have an account. In short - I don’t like you as a company and it seems you don’t like an open community around your products.

I guess it’s time to wipe our tears from the face and jump off this sinking ship!

To all the Snips team - you created an amazing project - unfortunately you sold yourself and your ideals at the end. Really, what a shame!

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Ah, it’s all so clear now.
The half completed documents, “supported” platforms that weren’t really supported.
Do just enough to sell the company

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A few months ago a delegation of the German government was in Paris to visit Snips for a European AI strategy. Was probably nothing.

Switching off the console is a slap in the face for the whole community. Simply sad, what has been built up over the years and is no longer possible.

To bring this news out a little earlier wouldn’t have hurt either. Now we have to look unfortunately for an alternative