Will A Software Patch Satisfy Apple’s Injunction Against Samsung? Google Hopes So.

Will A Software Patch Satisfy Apple’s Injunction Against Samsung? Google Hopes So.

Apple won a preliminary injunction against US sales of the Galaxy Nexus phone last week. Today, Samsung was denied a stay on the ban by Judge Lucy Koh, the main judge in the current case brought to court against Samsung’s smartphone as well as its Galaxy Tab.

It may not matter as much, however, as Google and Samsung have readied a patch to address the specific grievance, according to a post on The Verge.

A Google spokesperson told The Verge that the update will roll out to all Galaxy Nexus devices in the US, regardless of carrier. It will limit the search bar on the homescreen and the voice search to only searching the web and not the local device itself.

This will most likely cause users of the Android-based phones to lose a fairly large chunk of functionality, however. If they’re anything like me, just finding and launching apps on my iPhone is tricky without the search function.

Google did not confirm whether current Nexus users would have the option to decline the update, but The Verge reports that a similarly functioned app coming in Android 4.1 – Google Now – will still ship. “This just relates to the Galaxy Nexus,” the spokesperson told The Verge, “and not a product on the Galaxy Nexus.”

There’s no doubt that Samsung will appeal again soon, so stay tuned.

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  • STLtechtalk

    I would rather see Apple use the money spent on patent wars on continuing to develop a solid product and let the consumers decide.

  • markbyrn

    ….I would rather see Apple use the money spent on patent wars on continuing to develop a solid product and let the consumers decide…..

    They can do both and Samsung needs to do it’s own development instead of obviously copying Apple.

  • gigolo

    FUCK YOU APPLE!!!

    Im supposed to buy 2 GALAXY NEXUS this coming paycheck (friday) and NOW I need to wait…

    I have iphone 4s BUT its on ebay & craigslist NOW…

    FUCK YOU ALL iFANBOYS…

  • gigolo

    SAMSUNG is NOT copying APPLE (in terms of GALAXY NEXUS)

    They made the hardware (samsung) but all the software was from GOOGLE, 100%..

    So STOP commenting if you don’t know the issue and STOP blaming samsung…

  • sharathvasishta

    I loved my iPhone 4 but when iPhone 4s was release i wanted to upgrade, instead bought Galaxy Nexus. Let me tell you guys android has changed from crappy, laggy unattractive OS to something very desirable. Now everytime I use my iphone 4s it feels boring and very unwelcoming. Sorry guys android is good and I think it will be the future of mobile OS

  • Sajonara

    It’s Lucy Koh, not Judy. Cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_H._Koh

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