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Google fires back at Sonos with its own patent infringement countersuit

Back in January, Sonos filed a lawsuit against Google, telling the story of a company that used its power to steal intellectual property and infringe on 100 separate patents. The claims even raise the topic of antitrust. The filing called for the courts to ban the sale of most Google-made products with any relationship to audio. Google is now firing back with its own countersuit aiming to shut down the initial attack.

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The new Sonos S2 app is now available on the Play Store

Last month, Sonos announced the all-new Arc soundbar alongside updated versions of the Sonos Five (formerly Play:5) and Sub. At the same time, we learned that a new app would soon be arriving, and that day has now come. The new Sonos app for Android and iOS is out today, while the legacy app remains available for use with some older products that aren't compatible with the new platform.

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Sonos is releasing a new app that's incompatible with some older hardware

Sonos is releasing a new version of the Sonos Control app on June 8th, but not all of the company's previous hardware will be able to make the switch. In what seems to be a compromise regarding its controversial (and since backtracked) policy regarding abandoning legacy hardware, older devices will be left on the current Sonos app, where they'll continue to work and get security updates. Newer Sonos hardware will be able to migrate to the new "S2" Sonos app, which will get new features like saved room groups.

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Sonos reveals new Arc premium sound bar, plus a new Sonos Sub and Sonos Five

Today Sonos is unveiling three new products, headlined by the Sonos Arc: a new bigger premium soundbar sporting 11 drivers (eight woofers and three tweeters) with Dolby Atmos, dynamic Trueplay sound tuning, and HDMI eARC support. Alongside it are two new refreshes for the company's existing lineup: A new Sonos Sub Gen 3 and Sonos Five, all available on June 10th.

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Sonos Playbar leak shows off revamped design, new touch controls

In addition to its range of speakers, Sonos also makes a premium soundbar. Sadly, the latter hasn't been updated since 2013, but new leaks hint the Playbar is about to get a fresh coat of paint. Renders of the revamped soundbar have just leaked, showing the device's upcoming design and potential specs.

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Add a powerful subwoofer to your Sonos setup for just $549 ($150 off)

Ever feel the need to have a bone-rattling experience in sound to go with your favorite album or movie? Achieve that dream with the Sonos Sub — a wireless Subwoofer with deep bass — for only $549 today, a full $150 off the standard price.

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Sonos releases new Radio service with news, music, sports, and original stations

Sonos has made a few misfires lately, like creating confusion around the discontinuation of older speakers and briefly having a "recycling" program that bricked speakers. Thankfully, the company's latest announcement sounds like a step in the right direction — a free radio service for all Sonos owners.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Spring 2020)

Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.

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Sonos backtracks on controversial speaker-bricking trade-in program

Sonos is backtracking on its contentious new trade-in program, which effectively bricked devices that were flipped into a "recycle mode" for a trade-in discount. Instead of ensuring all its old speakers end up in the garbage, the company is switching to a serial number-based validation system to snag a discount, and you can even hang onto your old, outdated speaker.

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You can now set your Sonos speaker as Google Assistant's default

Just last month, Sonos sued Google for allegedly infringing upon its patents. The two companies had previously worked together to bring Assistant features to select Sonos speakers. Surprisingly, it seems that this partnership is continuing, at least for now, despite the ongoing litigation. First spotted a few months ago by users on the r/Sonos subreddit, the ability to set Sonos speakers as an Assistant-powered product's default device for music playback now appears to be widely available.

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