Why Sonos suddenly decides to take Google to court


It has been a year since the Sonos Move was introduced. The first wireless speaker from Sonos that also worked on Bluetooth and is intended to be used separately in the garden or on-the-go. A kind of extra luxurious Bluetooth speaker. In itself it doesn’t seem like much news, but Sonos believes it is very special. So special, that it is suing Google for patent infringement, TheVerge writes.

Google Nest Audio

Although it seems that Sonos will suddenly take the decision to sue Google, it certainly did not come out of nowhere. In the last few days, photos of a new Nest speaker surfaced. It is not a successor to Google Nest Home, the smart speaker, but it is more about a slightly more extensive speaker. That is to say, Google Nest Audio is really a larger speaker compared to other larger speakers, including Sonos Move.

It looks like that has made Sonos’ shoe wring more, because where it has already filed lawsuits for not being okay with the way Google handled the wireless audio patents, it now adds another one. Not entirely coincidentally on the eve of Google’s big day: the autumn hardware event where, in addition to this speaker, a new Chromecast and Pixel phones are also announced. This will take place tomorrow.

Sonos and Google

Speaker brand Sonos has been trying to make things difficult for Google since January. It doesn’t just do that with these patent lawsuits. It has often been very open about how it feels that large companies have too much power. They get away with copying other people’s tech because the profit on the products sold is still worth more than the fine they have to pay.

It is still being investigated whether it is right and whether Google’s products should even be taken off the market. Sonos believes that Google is infringing more than 100 patents. Copying is, according to Sonos, extremely far-reaching and wide. Something Google says: “Sonos says misleading things about our collaboration history. Our tech and devices are designed separately. We can reject their claims wholeheartedly and we certainly will. ”


Sonos claims that Google copies, among other things, in the field of wireless audio systems: the menu, being able to synchronize with another speaker, and so on. The smart parts are also mentioned. Dangerous, because Sonos and Google have a lot to do with each other. For example, the Google Assistant is used on Sonos equipment. Remarkably, Sonos believes that the intention is that the relationship with Google remains positive. In itself a good goal, but whether that is completely realistic after the allegations, we will undoubtedly hear that soon.

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