In case you missed it, Samsung was hit with an injunction against its Galaxy Nexus which resulted in a sales ban in the US. The South Korean company was found guilty of infringing a patent that Apple owns which has to do with the search feature in the device that browses the phone’s stored content and the web at the same time. The patent in question goes under number 6,847,959 and covers the “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.”
Samsung issued the following statement:
Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior products to consumers in the United States. We will continue to pursue an appeal of the Galaxy Nexus preliminary injunction, which we filed on July 2 to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Meanwhile, we are also working closely with Google to resolve this matter, as the patent in question concerns Google’s unified search function.
ABC reports that Google has actually confirmed that the reason behind yanking the Galaxy Nexus out of the Play Store was due to the injunction. They added that the phone will go on sale next week running an updated version of Jelly Bean aka Android 4.1.
If you were looking to get a Galaxy Nexus in the near future, rest assured as Google and Samsung are currently working on a software fix. The update will soon be pushed to the Gnex devices in the US–hopefully it will please judge Lucy Koh. If ABC’s report happen to be true, we could see the fix as early as next week bringing the Galaxy Nexus back to the Play Store.