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Google loses to Sonos and needs to change features of its speakers

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According to a report from AndroidPolice, Sonos has won a major court decision against Google. Specifically, Sonos accuses Google of infringing a number of its patents and licenses on its products. As part of the lawsuit, the company has racked up a number of lawsuits and theft charges against the search engine giant.

Sonos victory against Google

Google and Sonos had been in a legal dispute for some time. But for three days, the case seems to be closed. Indeed, according to the New York Times, the US International Trade Commission has just rendered a decision in favor of Sonos. The authority found Google guilty of intellectual property infringement. A decision that echoes preliminary results published last August. A judge ruled Google violated the Tariff Act of 1930. Now the case is up for presidential review for a possible veto.

As a reminder, Sonos had requested the blocking of the sale of Google’s Nest smart speakers, Pixel phones and Chromebooks, as well as all Chromecast models. At the moment, there is no document specifying which products and series will face the ban or the revisions.

A possible import ban on Google products

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To do in the wake of Sonos’ victory, a ban could go into effect within the next sixty days. It will focus on the impossibility of importing some of the Google products accused of infringement. In response, Google told The Verge, “we do not anticipate any impact to our ability to import or sell our products.” According to the digital giant, its customers “will not experience any disruption”.

What changes for Nest speakers?

In addition, Google has listed on the Google Nest Community forum the changes that will be made to its Nest speakers. Changes that could allow the company to avoid a complete import ban.

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On the original models, Google allowed users to pair multiple speakers together, as long as they were Cast-enabled. Once the devices were connected to each other, the user could adjust the volume synchronously. As a result of Sonos’ victory, this bulk volume control feature will go away, requiring users to manually change speaker volume one-by-one.

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Janice Thomas
Janice Thomas is a content editor at 24 News Recorder. She has 5 years of journalism experience and she he is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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