Google has temporarily halted sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus via its Google Play store following a preliminary injunction imposed upon the handset by a U.S. judge earlier this week. The move comes after Apple posted the $96 million bond required for the injunction to begin.
Despite the ban, Google promises the Galaxy Nexus is “coming soon” to the Google Play store. These words initially led customers to believe that sales were simply halted while the company upgraded the handset to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, until it was revealed that Apple had posted that $96 billion bond.
It is believed, however, that Google can avoid the injunction by issuing a software patch, which would presumably remove the features or services that are guilty of infringing Apple’s patents. This could explain why the company is so confident that the Galaxy Nexus is “coming soon.”
If you were hoping to get your hands on the Galaxy Nexus, it can — at the moment — still be obtained from third-party retailers like Amazon and Target. However, you’ll need to be aware that this injunction could mean your device takes a long time to ship.
[via The Verge]