Galaxy Nexus To Get A Software Patch To Circumvent Apple’s Injunction

    July 5, 2012
    Shaylin Clark
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On Monday we told you that Apple had secured a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google’s flagship Android phone, and the first device slated for the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rollout later this month. The injunction, as you might imagine, set off a flurry of activity in Samsung’s legal camp. The company quickly filed notice that it planned to appeal.

The judge in the case, Judge Lucy Koh, declined to stay the injunction while Samsung appealed, meaning that once Apple posted its $96 million bond, the Galaxy Nexus could no longer be sold. Apple, as you might imagine, posted the bond quickly, and the Galaxy Nexus was pulled from the Google Play store and other online retailers. That, of course, is not the end of the story. According to a report from AllThingsD, Google and Samsung have prepared a software patch for the Galaxy Nexus that should resolve the patent infringement on which the injunction is based, allowing the Galaxy Nexus to go back on sale.

What’s more, Google is now making plans to get more directly involved in Samsung’s ongoing legal battles with Apple, and is planning to get Apple’s patent declared invalid. The patent covers universal search. Google is reportedly planning to request the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office overturn the patent on the grounds that the concept of universal search is older than Apple’s patent on it.

It’s not at all surprising that Google has decided to step into Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Samsung. While some of the patents at issue are design patents related to the form factor of Samsung’s devices (many of which bear a striking resemblance to Apple’s), many are software related. In fact, many of Apple’s ongoing patent infringement cases with companies like HTC, Samsung, and Motorola are really just proxies for Apple’s rivalry with Google. Steve Jobs believed strongly that Google had ripped off the basic iOS interface in designing Android, and famously declared “thermonuclear war” on Google because of it.

Between the software patch, the challenge to Apple’s patent, and the upcoming release of Jelly Bean, it’s a fair bet that the Galaxy Nexus will be back up for sale on Google Play and elsewhere very soon. For now, the Google Play store simply says that the Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean is coming soon, and offers visitors the chance to sign up to be notified when it’s available.

  • Jerry Eddy

    Of course, it gets banned the day I sell my old phone to purchase this one. I tried to gain mutual respect for Apple and their products, even though I had no desire to get any of them. Now I just absolutely hate Apple and will never consider obtaining their products, no matter what.

    • Matt

      Same here my birthday is coming up and i was going to get this phone for Verizon because I always wanted it but contract never ended till now and of course its banned when I can finally get it ):

      • Henry

        It is a blatant attempt to try and snuff out the competition. Apple can’t stand being in a distant 3rd place to companies like HTC and Samsung. I have never owned an Apple product and don’t intend to jump ship ever. Android and Google are leading the innovation of mobile tech and Apple is simply butt hurt that Android has surpassed them on every aspect of the game. Apple just needs to get over themselves and start playing by the rules. Apple motor…”Litigation leads Innovation.” Always has been and always will be. I would rather wait 3 months for an Android phone than ever buy an I crap device.

        • Joe

          It will be available next week according to Google with Jellybean installed and “patent violation” patch addressed. Whoopty Woo Apple you won a one week ban on a device that will be replaced shortly anyways with the latest Nexus phone….

    • John

      Same here. I placed order a day before the ban is in action. And now I don’t know how Google will handle my order.

      • Mark

        You will still get the device on time, and even if it is a bit delayed, it will only be for another week. I know an extra week can kill some people who are anticipating a shipment arriving quickly but I would just be prepared for a slight delay.

  • http://petchonka.com Joe Petchonka

    The patent system in this country is just embarrassing. How can something so vague and unoriginal like universal search be patented? That’s like placing a patent on smartphone buttons.

  • colin

    I own a galaxy nexus and my wife has a iphone. her iphone has issues non stop and her “glass screen” is shattered from a very small drop on to carpet. Apple products are over priced and over hyped garbage.

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