Google Confirms Galaxy Nexus Sales Stopped Due to Apple-Samsung Patent; Fix Coming Next Week
Apple and Samsung have been at each other's throats over patent issues for the majority of this year. Recently Apple won the right to bar the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 from the U.S. market provided Apple post a $96 million bond in case the ruling was considered incorrect. Apple posted the money on Tuesday, making the injunction take effect.
Samsung has attempted to appeal the ban but the Judge (Lucy Koh) denied the request.
The Galaxy Nexus is an important device to Android - it's the latest in the Nexus line and is the only phone currently running Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android.
The patent was over the "Quick Search Box." When the user searched using the Quick Search Box, it would return results from multiple sources (the phone's memory and the web). Apple holds a patent for a “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.”
According to ABCNews.com, Google isn't letting this go - it will issue a software update in the near future that will address this patent. The update will essentially disable the phone searching part of the search box so when users search, they just search the web. Once this has been pushed to on-sale models of the Galaxy Nexus, they can start selling the phone again. Because it's a very good device for developers, Google doesn't want to limit access to it for long.
No comment has been given on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - given that it has now been superseded we'll likely not see an update to address the issue.