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Samsung Denied Request to Lift Galaxy Nexus Ban; Software Update From Google Could be Workaround

galaxy-nexusDespite Samsung’s best efforts, the Galaxy Nexus will, at least for now, remain banned from any future sales. Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday denied the Korean company’s motion to have the preliminary injunction overturned, which Apple was granted late last week. All the iPhone maker needs to do now is post the $96 million bond and the injunction will be all set.

This is Apple’s second big victory against Samsung in as many days. Previously, Samsung requested that an injunction set against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 be lifted, but the appeal was dismissed. The two companies have been at legal war over alleged patent violations around the world over the last several months. Apple’s latest triumphs will certainly be seen as a boon and could have implications for current and future patent cases.

Samsung’s request to have the ban lifted is also being considered by a federal appeals court in Washington, DC, Reuters said, which has exclusive jurisdiction over intellectual property disputes. That means a potentially more favorable outcome could be coming Samsung’s way. But going forward, don’t expect to get your hands on a brand spanking new Galaxy Nexus for the purpose of running Android Jelly Bean. At least for now anyway.

Tuesday’s ruling will surely encourage Samsung to partner with Google even more for future cross-licensing deals. At present, however, a simple software update issued to the Galaxy Nexus, possibly coming as early as tonight, The Verge said, may address the problem entirely and keep the pure Android device from staying out of consumer hands.

The update will supposedly roll out to the Nexus regardless of carrier, and “essentially dumb down the quick search bar on the Android homescreen, limiting its results to just those from the web,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge. “No local searches on the device will be performed at all, taking on-device apps, integrated Gmail, and other search results out of play. Voice search, which has been a point of contention in the trial, isn’t going anywhere — but it will be restrained to the same set of limited search results.

Be on the lookout for an OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus. Google didn’t comment on whether or not the update was mandatory, but if it is, your device will take a small hit in the searchability department. That’s certainly a small price to pay to retain a device like the Nexus, which TechnoBuffalo is falling in love with all over again now that we have Jelly Bean running on it.

[via Reuters, The Verge]


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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