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.
Source: The Verge