When Apple won its victory in court and got an injunction against Samsung selling the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the U.S., Google was forced to pull the smartphone from the Google Play store, where it had been selling the device unlocked for $400 since April. The company began immediately working on a fix for the device’s software that would allow it to be sold without, as Apple claims, violating Apple patents.
The Verge reported that a Google spokesperson told the site the company would be rolling out an over-the-air software patch to all Galaxy Nexus phones that would fix the issue Apple had a problem with, which involved the search bar on the phone searching both locally and on the web.
Now, it appears that Google has decided to scrap its software update plans. Instead, the company will go ahead and push Jelly Bean to the Galaxy Nexus early. Google told ABC News that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which it announced just last week at Google I/O, would fix the patent dispute. The company will simply put Jelly Bean on all unsold Galaxy Nexus devices and put them back up for sale on the Google Play store.
As Google’s lastest version of its Android operating system, Jelly Bean was supposed to launch with the just-announced Nexus 7 tablet later this month. Though the Galaxy Nexus was supposed to be getting an update to Jelly Bean along with the Nexus 7 launch, it now appears that Google’s newest Nexus-branded smartphone will instead be the first device to officially run Android 4.1. That is, of course, assuming that the Nexus 7 launch isn’t taking place sometime next week.
Currys, a U.K. retailer is listing a July 19 release date for the tablet. If the device launches earlier in the U.S., it may still be the launch device for Jelly Bean. This means Google may simply be waiting for the Nexus 7 launch to re-introduce the Galaxy Nexus.