My favorite whole-house music system is Sonos. They used to make a handy controller that cost $400, but discontinued it because the same functions can theoretically be accomplished from a standard Android or iOS device running the Sonos app. Consumers did not want to pay $400 when an Android tablet can be had for as little as $50. Unfortunately, the standard Android or iOS tablet turns out not to be nearly as convenient as the Sonos dedicated controller.
The Sonos controller would wake up if it sensed motion, i.e., if a human picked it up. Is there any tablet on the market that will do this? Or is there an app for iOS or Android that will make it happen?
The Sonos controller always woke up in “Sonos control” mode because that’s all that it could do. An iOS or Android tablet will typically wake up or boot up on its home screen, presenting a bewildering array of options and necessitating extra steps to get to the Sonos app.
Is there an easy way to have an Android or iOS device automatically start the Sonos app when the operating system boots? And then present that app on wake-up?
[Separately, I will note that it is amazing how easy it is to become lazy. I used to take LP records out of their jackets, clean them, and put them on a turntable, then flip the LP over after 20 minutes. Now it bothers me that I have to press an extra button or two!]