After Apple’s preliminary injunction forced Google to pull the Galaxy Nexus from the Google Play store last week, we learned that its absence would be short-lived, and Google was planning to reintroduce the phone for sale sometime this week. It hasn’t wasted any time, and the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus is back up for sale as of now.
One way or another, Google was going to see this happen, and thanks to both a temporary stay of the injunction order, as well as a software patch to remove the offending functionality, Google found no obstacles remaining in its path.
Even though Google has the Galaxy Nexus back up for sale, the handset still isn’t immediately available; the Play site notes a one to two week backlog for new orders. That’s likely a consequence of trying to get stocks of the phone upgraded to running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before they reach customer hands. Presumably, Google will be releasing an official update for owners of existing handsets quite soon; it remains to be seen if that will arrive before these pre-updated phones start shipping. There’s also no news yet of what kind of wait might be in store for Verizon subscribers and an update for their own Galaxy Nexus handsets.