Apple recently secured a preliminary injunction against sales of the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus in the US. Google fought for the court to reconsider, but the initial ruling has ended up standing. With little other option, it looks like Google found itself forced to comply and has subsequently halted sales of the Galaxy Nexus through the Google Play store. That’s not the end of this story, though, and it looks like a work-around is nearly ready for release that could nip this whole injunction problem in the bud.
Overnight, Google pulled the Galaxy Nexus from active sales, now displaying a “coming soon” message, instead. Google took the opportunity to also add some text alluding to the coming release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the handset.
Apple’s injunction against Google arrived with the court ruling that the GNex likely violated four of Apple’s patents, but only a single one was used in the court’s decision to grant the injunction. That means that Google stands to potentially be able to wiggle out of these restrictions by simply modifying the phone to no longer violate that one specific patent; in this case, we’re dealing with Apple’s claim over universal search.
Reportedly, Google and Samsung have already cooked-up a Galaxy Nexus update that will remove the offending feature, freeing it to go back up for sale. Google has called the release of this patch imminent.
Even with this action appearing to acquiesce to Apple’s claims, Google’s not done fighting, and will likely challenge Apple’s universal search patent itself.
Update: Google has confirmed that the phone will return for sale next week, with Jelly Bean in tow, but has yet to officially confirm that the injunction was responsible for the temporary halt of sales, nor comment further on this supposed software patch.