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 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,


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