Google sues Sonos over voice control technology2022-08-08 18:45 by Daniela
Google is suing speaker-maker Sonos over alleged patent infringement. In two lawsuits filed Monday in US District Court in California, Google alleges that Sonos' latest voice-assistant technology violates seven patents related to Google Assistant.
It's the latest volley in a back-and-forth battle over wireless speakers that has so far involved multiple lawsuits from Sonos, one lawsuit from Google, and one ruling in favor of Sonos that's led to features being stripped from Google's products.
Sonos has typically supported the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control, but Google and Amazon are also Sonos's biggest speaker competitors. So Sonos launched its own voice assistant feature in May, opening it up to this new pile of Google patents.
"Rather than compete on the basis of innovation and product quality, Sonos has decided to compete in the courtroom, and started an aggressive and misleading campaign against our products, at the expense of our shared customers. We prefer innovation to litigation but their actions leave us no choice but to defend our technology and challenge Sonos's clear, continued infringement of our patents," José Castañeda, Google spokesperson, told TechCrunch in a statement.
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