Thursday, d The U.S. International Trade Commission, which rules on import law, has determined that Google’s proprietary alphabet Audio technology patent infringement Holded by smart speaker company Sonos, the David vs. Goliath case is a significant win for a two-year-old Sonos. The commission said Google had violated five Sonos patents, and had issued a “limited exclusion order” banning the import of certain audio technologies, controllers and components made by Google.
Google, Surprisingly, says it is not behind: it plans to appeal, and has 60 days to do so before the ITC’s ruling takes effect. SonosMeanwhile, two patent infringement cases against Google are still pending in federal court. “These two lawsuits are important because the ITC does not have the power to compensate,” said Peter Torren, a Washington-based intellectual property lawyer.
But Google explicitly speculated that this could be the result of an ITC review, since the company Presents a series of product redesigns To ITC Judge Charles Bullock, who determined the proposed solutions No. Sonos’s patent infringement. Following yesterday’s ITC ruling, Google has shared some of the changes it has made to its smart speakers.
How is that? By Does the ITC rule, which is likely to block all imports of certain products if Google does not comply, affect the product experience? For one, the changes that Google will roll out will apply to Google smart speakers and Nest Hub displays. Google has not provided a complete list of affected devices, so it is unclear how or why it affects other Google products, such as Pixel phones or Chromebooks. The updates will be rolled out “in the coming days,” according to spokeswoman Nicole Addison. And for now, the updates are all software-based.
Google says it will lose the ability to adjust speaker volumes by group; Customers now have to adjust the volume of each speaker separately. And, “you can no longer change your speaker group volume using your phone’s volume buttons,” the company says. Casting functions will also be affected on non-Google smart devices with Chromecast built-in, such as those made by Lenovo or JBL, unless the speakers are updated to the latest firmware. And some users will no longer experience automatic software updates on their smart speakers; Instead, they need to download and install a device utility app. This will “ensure that your device is connected to Wi-Fi and receives the most up-to-date software version,” Google said.
These may seem like relatively small changes, but a big part of the appeal of the Multiroom Wireless Smart Speaker – a market that helped Sonos become a pioneer when it was first launched 20 years ago – is the ability to sync multiple speakers and control them simultaneously. These changes will eliminate some of the ease-of-use.
ITC’s ruling could also affect future Google design. And further changes could come along the line, depending on the outcome of the federal lawsuit. (One of which, filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, is on hold until the ITC decision is final, According to New York Times. Another lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.