Google is suing Sonos (again) over patent infringement in what seems to be an unending legal fight series between two tech companies. The two new lawsuits filed Monday center around various patents involving keyword detection, charging using “technologies invented by Google” and determining what speaker from a group should respond to the keyword.
A post from Bloomberg Law noted that both these lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The report said that Google accused Sonos products — like the Sonos One, Arc, Beam, Move and Roam — of violating seven 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.
The search giant also plans to take these complaints to the U.S. International Trade Commission in the coming days, Castañeda added. The company will ask the commission to impose a ban on the import of any products that are found infringing the above-mentioned patents.
The search giant’s lawsuit document, seen by TechCrunch, targeted the recently introduced Sonos voice assistant, saying that Google has patents for “enabling voice assistant technology and providing improvements to the efficiency, reliability, and durability of voice-controlled and battery-powered devices,” and Sonos is using them without its permission.
“For example, Sonos has recently introduced its Sonos Voice Control feature to control its products in a power-efficient manner through the use of “hotwords,” and to manage battery charging of its products, using technologies invented by Google,” it said.
Google and Sonos have been at loggerheads about wireless speaker tech patents for a while now. The latter got a big win earlier this year when the U.S. Trade Commission said Google had infringed on patents related to casting and group speaker controls. The Mountain View-based company had to remove from its offerings some functionality, like a single group volume control for a set of speakers.
Last week, a California judge sided with Google by canceling a Sonos patent related to transferring the playback queue of tracks from one speaker to another.
We’ve reached out to Sonos and will update the story with a comment when we hear back.
AirPods Pro 2: The Coolest, Cutest Feature Which Nobody Predicted Has Just Leaked – Forbes
Apple AirPods 2nd generation are spectacularly good. You can read the first review of the new earbuds here on Forbes. But now, out of nowhere, a super-cute feature has appeared.
As mentioned in the review, you can now have your AirPods case engraved with your Memoji, for instance. I didn’t do this because, well, to be honest, my Memoji looks strikingly similar to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s (I guess it’s the hair) and I just wouldn’t want to pick his up by mistake.
I mean, can you imagine? With the Personalized Spatial Audio feature and all, it could be disastrous.
Seriously, it turns out there’s a side effect to engraving that nobody knew about… until now.
Apple AirPods Pro 2nd generation as they’re actually named, allow the user to engrave the case more effectively than before. Not just with a name or something like that but with an Animoji of your choice or your very own Memoji.
But it now turns out that this detail (seriously, only Apple) shows up onscreen when you’re pairing your AirPods Pro 2nd-gen with your iPhone.
Apple has always had this attention to detail: when you pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone, it shows on the screen of the Watch which model and size it is.
Similarly, when you pair your AirPods Pro with your Apple device in the slick, fast pairing procedure, it will show your particular engraving onscreen. How cool is that?
Apple gave the game away on its own website, on the very last part of its page about the new AirPods Pro. Sure, it’s not as important as the improved audio quality, better battery life and audio personalization, but it’s still pretty neat.
Top Stories: iOS 16.0.2 Bug Fixes, Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 Launch, and More – MacRumors
Who’s ready for a breather? A flurry of hardware and software releases following Apple’s “Far Out” event earlier this month is finally on a bit of a pause, with the Apple Watch Ultra and second-generation AirPods Pro now making their way into customers’ hands while we have a couple of weeks before the iPhone 14 Plus launches.
This week saw the two major hardware releases, but also an important iOS update addressing some bugs with the latest iPhone models and iOS 16 in general, while the more significant iOS 16.1 update continues through beta testing. Be sure to read on below for details on these stories and more as we continue to explore everything new in Apple’s latest releases.
Apple Releases iOS 16.0.2 With Bug Fixes for iPhone 14 Pro and More
The software update also addresses an issue with excessive copy and paste permission prompts on all iPhones running iOS 16, an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone X, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 displays following hardware service, and more.
Meanwhile, Apple continues to test iOS 16.1, which will include support for Live Activities in third-party apps, a new Clean Energy Charging feature in the United States, availability of Apple Fitness+ without an Apple Watch, support for Matter accessories in the Home app, and more.
Hands-On With the New AirPods Pro 2
Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro have begun arriving to customers, and we’ve had a chance to go hands-on with the upgraded earbuds.
We’ve also rounded up both written and video reviews of the new AirPods Pro from select media and YouTube channels that had early access for more thorough looks. The reviews tested out sound quality, active noise cancellation, battery life, and more.
Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Hands-On
Like the new AirPods Pro, the all-new Apple Watch Ultra is now officially available as the first pre-orders have started arriving.
We’ve gone hands-on for an early unboxing and initial impressions, and we’ve rounded up both written and video reviews of the Apple Watch Ultra, which is bigger and better than any other Apple Watch model but isn’t considered to be a “Garmin killer” yet due to a lack of certain features, such as offline maps and recovery metrics for workouts.
Everything New for iPhone in iOS 16.1 Beta 2
Apple this week seeded the second beta of iOS 16.1 to developers and public beta testers. As usual, the latest beta contains a handful of new features, changes, and improvements for the iPhone.
We’ve rounded up everything new in iOS 16.1 beta 2, including a design tweak to the battery percentage icon in the status bar and more, so be sure to check out the list if you install the beta on your iPhone.
YouTuber Actually Tests iPhone 14’s Crash Detection Feature
The new car crash detection feature on all iPhone 14 models is hard to test given that reviewers don’t want to risk physical injuries, but one YouTuber has managed to test the feature in a driverless car.
Note that the video does not serve as a scientific test of the feature and is in a controlled environment, so it should be considered purely entertainment, but at least we finally have a closer look at the feature out in the wild.
The MacRumors Show: Sara Dietschy Talks iPhone 14 Features
YouTuber and content creator Sara Dietschy joined us this week on The MacRumors Show podcast to talk through our experiences of all of the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro lineup’s new features and more.
Listen to The MacRumors Show via apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Castro, Google Podcasts, or subscribe by copying our RSS feed directly into your podcast player. You can also watch a video version of the podcast on our YouTube channel.
Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we’ve covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.
Apple updates iOS 16 to fix shaky iPhone 14 Pro camera and copy-paste issues – Yahoo Canada Finance
Apple released its latest iPhone lineup and mobile platforms earlier this month, and a couple of annoying bugs quickly made themselves known to users. The good news is that the tech giant has quickly whipped up patches to fix the issues and has now released them as part of the iOS 16.0.2 update. One of the problems the update solves is the iPhone 14 Pro’s compatibility troubles with third-party apps that use its camera, such as Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat.
Users found that when they fire up those apps and use the device’s rear cam, the camera view shakes on screen and the phone emanates grinding and rattling noises. In its patch notes, Apple said the update fixes an issue wherein the “[c]amera may vibrate and cause blurry photos when shooting with some third-party apps on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.” The company didn’t elaborate on the cause behind it, but it’s possible that the apps weren’t meshing well with the device’s optical image stabilization system, causing the rattling noises.
Another troublesome problem the update fixes is the persistent appearance of permission prompts when trying to copy and paste content between apps. Apple senior manager Ron Huang previously admitted that it was “absolutely not expected behavior” and said the company was dealing with it. iOS 16.0.2 will get rid of other bugs, as well, including one that causes the device’s display to go black during setup and another that renders the touch input on some iPhone X, iPhone XR and iPhone 11 displays to be unresponsive after they’re serviced.
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