What happened? A US commercial court has ruled in favor of Sonos in its ongoing legal battle against Google for infringing its speaker technology patents. Google has already responded with software updates to circumvent the IP claim, which many customers don't welcome.
For another 60 days, Google will be prohibited from importing any product under the International Trade Commission that infringes Sonos patents in the United States. This sentence is under review in these 60 days. According to the New York Times, this will affect Google Home speakers, pixel phones, chromex devices and some computers.
Sonos was previously involved in the smart speaker business, but in 2013 the two companies entered into a contract that was . Partner to make Sonos speakers compatible with Google Play Music. When Google later released the Google Home, Pixel Phones, and Chromecast, Sonos claimed that Google had used information obtained during the product partnership and filed a lawsuit against the company in January 2020.
This week's final ruling confirms the initial August 2020 ruling in favor of Sonos.
Shortly thereafter, Google unveiled software updates for its smart speakers. Users now have to adjust the volume of each speaker individually, and they can no longer use the physical volume button to do so. The comments section of the ad is full of angry customers, some of whom are demanding a refund. p>