Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US
02 Jul 2012
Google phone infringes patents, claims Apple
Last week was definitely a good news week for Google. But it ended rather disappointingly for both Google and Samsung, with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in the US.
It's a temporary ban and one that doesn't affect the phone in the UK in the short term. In the long term? Who knows. You suspect that depends on discussions behind closed doors in the coming weeks.
A judge in California has blocked US sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phones while the court decides on the firm's patent dispute with Apple, with US District Judge Lucy Koh claiming Apple 'has shown a likelihood of establishing both infringement and validity'.
The pre-trial injunction is dependent on posting bonds of nearly $100m (£64m) to enforce the pre-trial injunctions and to secure payment of damages sustained by Samsung should it win the case.
Samsung, the maker of the phone, obviously isn't happy. 'We will take all available measures, including legal action, to ensure the Galaxy Nexus remains available to consumers,' it said in a statement.
The patent in question is said to be related to search and it's a particularly annoying injunction for Google, as well as Samsung. Google previously confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus will be the first Android smartphone to be upgradeable to the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean. The court action will almost certainly thwart an expected upsurge in sales.
The upgrade should still go ahead though, as the injunction doesn't affect current owners of the smartphone. Also, as we noted earlier, it doesn't impact on buying the phone in the UK either, so if you want one, you can still pick one up on the high street or online. At least, you can for now.