Google says it will return next week?
Yep, Judge Koh declined to lift the injunction against Galaxy Nexus.
Google had to remove it from Google Play Store. Hopes to make a comeback next week with a Software patch. Samsung and Google unite.
As we informed you, a judge ruled in favor of Apple, granting an injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone for violating some of its patents.
Also, the same judge denied Samsung's request to have the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus lifted.
Because of that, Google had to remove it from their Play Store, and now the phone is listed as "coming soon".
Yes, according to Google, the device will begin shipping again next week. Apparently, they are looking to avoid the ban with an OTA software patch.We're not sure whether Google is simply updating the boxed handsets to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, obeying a preliminary injunction in federal court to stop sales, or applying a software patch to avoid said ban. Or, maybe the company just ran out of handsets due to early Android 4.1 adopters and those hoping to get a Galaxy Nexus assuming they'll be banned? No matter the reason, you can't buy a Galaxy Nexus directly from Google right now.
Will that be enough? Well, seems that Samsung and Google are preparing, "just in case". The two companies will join forces and now will be united against Apple’s legal offensive:We just spoke with a Google spokesperson, who informed us that the update, which will be rolling out to all Galaxy Nexus devices in the US regardless of carrier, will essentially dumb down the quick search bar on the Android homescreen, limiting its results to just those from the web. No local searches on the device will be performed at all, taking on-device apps, integrated Gmail, and other search results out of play. Voice search, which has been a point of contention in the trial, isn't going anywhere — but it will be restrained to the same set of limited search results.
So, make your bets!This is the first time Samsung confirmed it is getting help from Google in its legal battle with Apple. Google is also supporting HTC, a Taiwanese smartphone maker and a major Android player, which is also in a legal dispute with Apple.
"It’s too early to comment on our game plan (with Google) in the legal battle; but we will do our best to get more royalties from Apple, which has benefited from our technology," said a Samsung insider.
"The fight is becoming more dramatic and the possibility of a truce in the form of a cross-licensing deal, seems to be becoming likely."
NEWS SOURCE #1: Galaxy Nexus no longer available to purchase from Google Play website (via) TheVerge
NEWS SOURCE #2: Samsung denied Judge declines to lift injunction against Galaxy (via) EnGadget
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