As you may have seen, today we were excited to unveil the new line of Bose smart speakers and soundbars, which will be available this fall. At the same time, we're also excited to share here with the BoseDevs community some details around our plans to make these products accessible to your applications.
Our initial developer interface for these products will be the Bose Smart Home API, a cloud-based REST API for controlling and getting information about devices, coupled with Webhooks for receiving asynchronous responses and event notifications. In terms of available functionality, our first goal is working toward delivering a similar set of capabilities that the SoundTouch API has today, including an improved Audio Notification design that will work across all products in this new line of smart speakers and soundbars.
As we've been designing this API, your feedback has been an important consideration. To start, we've been working to incorporate many of the comments and suggestions we've received over the years on the SoundTouch API. And before we make the Smart Home API generally available, we'll be releasing a Developer Preview to provide an opportunity for early feedback on the details of its design.
While we're really excited about this new product line and API, we still have some work to do; the Developer Preview won't be available until 2019. When it's ready, we'll post an update here, as well as via email – sign up here to be among the first to know!
Finally, we want to provide an update on the SoundTouch API. This API will continue to remain available and supported on our millions of SoundTouch products in the market. However, our internal engineering investment going forward will be in the Smart Home API, so our work on advancing the SoundTouch API will likely be limited to maintenance work, resolving any issues that may arise. Also, for the sake of clarity: the SoundTouch API will only work with SoundTouch products, and the Smart Home API will only work with our new smart speakers and soundbars - in other words, the new products will not be compatible with the SoundTouch API and SoundTouch products will not be controllable by the Smart Home API.
We hope you're excited as we are about this new product line, and the Bose Smart Home API that will accompany it! And please don't hesitate to share any thoughts, questions, or concerns with us in the new Smart Home API community forum.