Nest: Google loses against Sonos and must change features of its speakers

According to a report by AndroidPolice, Sonos has won an important court decision against Google. Specifically, Sonos accuses Google of having infringed 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 win against Google

Google and Sonos had had 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 declared Google guilty of infringement of intellectual property. A decision that echoes preliminary results published last August. A judge ruled that Google violated the Tariff Act of 1930. The case is now subject to presidential review with a view to a possible veto.

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

A possible ban on the import of Google products

Following the victory of Sonos, a ban could come into effect in 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.

On the original models, Google allowed users to associate several speakers together, at provided that they are compatible with Cast. 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 disappear, requiring users to manually change the volume of the speakers, one part one.