Galaxy Nexus software update could break sales ban

Last week, US District Judge Lucy Koh placed a sales injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US. The sales ban was first requested by Apple in February, with the company claiming that the Android 4.0 smartphone violated four of Apple's patents. Judge Koh put the injunction in place based on one of those four patents, which relates to universal search.

Now AllThingsD.com reports that both Samsung and Google plan to release a software update for the Galaxy Nexus that they believe will solve the issues Apple has with the product. The patch is supposed to be released as soon as possible.

However, both companies are also planning to challenge Apple's patent claims. Samsung and Google will request that the the U.S. Patent and Trademark office reexamine the patent, saying that universal search actually predates the Apple patent in question.

Meanwhile, The Verge reports that the Galaxy Nexus is no longer for sale on the Google Play store. Google claims it will return to the online store next week but would not comment if its removal has anything to do with the sales injunction.

In June, as part of its Google I/O developer conference, Google announced that the Galaxy Nexus would be one of the first Android smartphones to get the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade,

Source: AllThingsD.com

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Considering the GNex will get the JellyBean update shortly anyway, I don't see this OTA software update being rolled out. I just see Google releasing Jellybean early to combat the sales ban.

neo158 said,
Except I won't be installing the OTA!!!

Though if you ever want Jelly Bean, I'm sure you'll have no choice as these "fixes" will most likely be included in whatever OTA is released for it.

neo158 said,
Except I won't be installing the OTA!!!

From what I understand, the problem is with the search bar's ability to search contacts within the phone. I rarely ever use the phone's search bar anyways.

SharpGreen said,

Though if you ever want Jelly Bean, I'm sure you'll have no choice as these "fixes" will most likely be included in whatever OTA is released for it.

Apparently this is optional so I can upgrade to Jellybean without it. Jellybean is unaffected anyway.

neo158 said,

Apparently this is optional so I can upgrade to Jellybean without it. Jellybean is unaffected anyway.

As the previous poster said, Jellybean will likely have these fixes already incorporated into it.. besides, why do you feel the need to tout on about not installing an update, it doesn't make you more awesome..

xendrome said,

As the previous poster said, Jellybean will likely have these fixes already incorporated into it.. besides, why do you feel the need to tout on about not installing an update, it doesn't make you more awesome..

Google have already stated that Jellybean won't be affected.

Exactly. There should have never been a ban in the first place, as the judge should have allowed the sale of the phone on condition of such an update being released promptly. Instead the judge has directly impacted the profitability of Samsung by making an extreme ruling on a minor feature.