Galaxy Nexus no longer available in the Play Store
It indeed may be coming soon – as we relayed just a little while ago, Google and Samsung appear to have a work-around ready that will make the search bar only get web results, thus negating the universal search patent that Apple won the injunction on. It’s most likely intended to be a temporary solution – web search only isn’t as powerful as universal search – but it beats not being able to sell their new Jellybean-laden Nexus devices.
Interestingly, neither Verizon nor Sprint has updated their webpages yet, but if the aforementioned update doesn’t roll out quickly to devices we imagine those carrier websites will soon lack a Galaxy Nexus order page as well.
If we may editorialize for a moment – we haven't been fans of seeing smartphone competition be decided by courts since the beginning; every company thinks it's "stealing" when it's their own patents, and think they aren't in violation when it's someone else's. In the end the winners seem to mainly be lawyers, and almost never consumers. We think it’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but now the courtroom drama will have to play out. The “Siri” ‘604 patent (which is about a type of universal search, not Siri per se) reads like a classic attempt to patent an idea rather than an implementation to non-lawyers, but naturally it will be up to real lawyers, and the judges and juries that preside over them to decide the ultimate fate of this patent.
Google had an exceptional success rate at voiding patents via USPTO reexamination in the Oracle v. Google case, so Google’s recent move to directly enter the fray on behalf of Samsung and other Android OEMs may signal a new stage in the mobile patent wars – one where asserting patents that are questionable may result in losing them altogether. Only time (and the judicial system) will tell.
source: Google Play, USPTO
1. rsiders (Posts: 193; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Man they need to chill out with this "you stole my patent" crap.
4. techman01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
i agree there being irrational and now a great phone is gone apple you eliminate the competition and you will lose sales im not a trol i have a ipod touch so im not trying to be bai just stop apple please and just make a better phone if you dont like the losing just think rational and you gain money like rsiders said chill and just make better phones if you want to win
54. aaronkatrini (Posts: 235; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
If that so, We would end up on a market like the Chinese one! Where every thing is copied. And that S*cks!
73. blazee (Posts: 234; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Why would that suck? Holding patents so broad hurts no1 but competion and consumers. Just imagine a company holding a patent for something so broad like a motor vehicle or maybe certain drugs for example, for one there wouldn't be cheaper alternatives from generic drugs (with the same effects) driving up the prices as high as the company would like. The cars we have today would be cars of year 3000, the technology of the cars today would be still at the beginning of the discovery of it(bc there would be no need to push it as there is no competition) all with ridiculous price tags
74. aaronkatrini (Posts: 235; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
Are you retard or smth? People license their patents if they want to. If not, its their right. Haven't you taken any History/Democracy class? Its on what Democracy is based on. You cannot/must not steal what others create! Would you like if some one takes credit for smth you did? Nope! That's right!
75. blazee (Posts: 234; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Im not gonna lie i dont really know much about the Chinese market nor have i ever heard of a democracy class, but dont act like everything you own or ever bought isnt ,a "copy" as you call it, of some other product in some way.
67. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Yeah. At least this is one feature I'm not going to miss.
3. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 374; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Still available through Verizon and Sprint... sorry Apple few meaningless patents will not stop Samsung and Google or anyone else, it's embarrassing how much money and what lengths you will go to thwart competition :( Seriously, invent something new, not patent the door knob and claim it for yourself. App store, slide to unlock, phone number clicking??? iPathetic, err uPathetic you seriously effed up company that if you cant beat em, sue em... iLosers, lol NO uLosers!
5. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
if samsung thinks they don't infringe on any patents then why the workaround?
7. techman01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
i dont know if your a ifan or idroid but dont trol and please be rational and can u expain wat patents sansung infringes also not in a sarcastic way just wondering
9. techman01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
sorry im super tired i need some sleep yeah your right thats a big no no sorry dude or dudet.
13. mas11 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
That's okay man, I guessed that an idroid was someone who was a fan of Motorola and thought all other manufactures were inferior (I know HTC and Samsung also make DROIDS). btw i'm a dude haha
14. techman01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
yeah thanks what i ment to say was a android fan but i got in a rush and im tired and im a dude too
37. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Did you not see this article 2 days ago?
40. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
cool down man it's just an honest question. that's why i'm saying in other posts to separate your anger from what it is that you want to comment, the reason why you spelled trol, expain, wat, sansung wrongly is you let your emotions get in you first! relax!
11. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)
The work around is because Apple got a preliminary injunction - they haven't won the case, but if Samsung and Google want to sell those phones until the court case is decided they need to have a work around in place.
It's basic economics, and has nothing to do with whether they are infringing in a legal sense.
42. bayusuputra (Posts: 939; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
agree, they could just limit the search bar to web search, contacts, apps and files.. 4 things.. that's not universal.. since universal encapsulates all that is within the phone..
15. quakan (Posts: 1064; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
By time I wake up, this story will have at least 75 comments and 98% of them come from hardcore android fans who only bash Apple and Apple fans. The other 2% will come from Gallito and Taco who are literally the only people left on this site who show support for Apple. It's crazy to think a year ago you could see a mix of Android, Apple, RIM, Windows, and even Bada fans but the insane Android fans ran everyone away from this site (or at least from the comment sections). I rarely even comment just because the Android fans on here are sometimes just ridiculous if I show some support for Apple. I could write a comment on here like, "I hope to see some good features on iOS 6" and i'll get 1 thumbs up and 27 thumbs down plus a million replies that usually go like "I hate Apple because they don't like competition, get Android", "Get an Android so you can stop being a Sheep", "Ummmm, I hate Apple because....uhhh I forgot", etc (I could go on all day).
19. frydaexiii (Posts: 1144; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Nah, "I hope to see some good features in iOS 6" will get you thumbs, mainly because we all know that won't happen.
21. quakan (Posts: 1064; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
I think I can add your reply to the types of replies I get on here.
25. mas11 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Even though I am a "fandroid" I have to agree with quakan. I was honestly hoping that iOS 6 would bring a new UI design for the iPhone with a higher level of customization. The reason Apple users are viewed so negatively on this site is because a lot of them make such stupid comments. It's nice to have a level-headed discussion with an iOS user, but they are so rare.
39. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
1. For every dumb comment by an Apple user there's 20 by android users.
2. Wanting Apple to allow customization and change their UI is stupid. They have a loyal customer that values the way Apple does business now. You want them to be more like android. So in that case you should buy android.
50. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
if you talk to me intelligently I would keep up..but nop they aske dumb question I answered or some cases i say dumb things and you guys follow... if I drift away bring me back.. with intellegence
38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
And you rush in to show that quakan is correct and there's a bunch of rabid android fans on here.
51. mas11 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I just like to have a level-headed discussion with iOS users. My biggest issues with Apple is their belief that one phone works for everyone. In my opinion, if Apple wants to take away market share from Google they need to create multiple iPhones. Possibly one with a physical keyboard called the iPhone Pro, to focus on messaging and email. Another with a 13 megapixel camera and a 4.6" screen called the iPhone View, to focus on capturing, editing and viewing images. My final concept iPhone is the iPhone elite with a 4.3" screen, 1.5 gHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM for power users. These are just some ideas off the top of my head but you get my point. I would never buy the iPhone 4S because it doesn’t have a large enough screen, lacks 4G Lte and allows little customization. Those are my reasons, but to each his own. I’m sure the iPhone is the best phone for you and I respect that, but it’s not the best phone for me. And yes there are Android, iOS and WP trolls on this site.
55. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Apple doesn't think their phone is best for everyone. If you like their product buy it and if not don't. You want iPhone to be more like android with more options and customization. That isn't Apple strategy. They differentiate themselves by being unique and exclusive. They also have products that work really well because they simplify their product line to very few models. Apple goes after profit first and market share 2nd.
Google because they're an advertising company is going after market share first and profit 2nd. That's why they give away their software free to anyone who will take it and try to flood the market with handsets.
62. mas11 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
It's not just Android that sells more than one phone. Microsoft and RIM sell multiple phones. Also WP allows a greater level of customization. I'm not saying Apple needs a ton of phones, 3 or 4 is a good number. That way they can appeal to more users. And as far as customization goes. Apple should keep its locked down environment, they just need to create something like widgets or live tiles. No custom launchers.
24. techman01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
well i like them both its just i like android a little bit more and apple is a nice company there just becoming irrational im not ifan or a fandroid just a human (and im not trying to troll are be mean so if i am sorry)
64. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
I am an android Fan, but not the hardcore type. but... EVEN if i hate apple, i wont tell others to get android :) ultimately, its YOUR own choice on what OS and what phone you want. :) UNBIASED ANDROID FANS FTW!
18. dreign91 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 May 2012)
I maybe wrong (plz correct me if I am) but this whole universal search thing is kinda weird to me. Samsung and Google are making this update to only allow Google search to search the web but on the original evo I almost positive that the voice search app could search the web, texts, make calls, etc. Isn't that more or less the same thing? If so why did apples injunction for the one x/evo lte get declined? Why only the gnex?
59. Whateverman (Posts: 3152; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I don't get it either. Siri came out a year ago and Android has been doing universal search since it came out in 2008. Why was this patent even issued to Apple if it already existed? Siri uses Google for its universal searches, so if Google isn't allowed to use it, how would that effect Siri?
31. Rocksteady (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)
Talking about stealing ideas, how about launching the camera application from the lock screen sound to you apple?
What about notification bar?
Hope Google/Samsung choke you to death.
32. ekia007 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Just one word, f**k off apple. I don't want to buy your products anymore. Thank you.
43. Rocksteady (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)
And that would be the smart thing to do.
Apple's actions and silly legal games will just kick the customers away.
I had some respect for apple in the past, but not any more.
52. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
thats was more than one word.. I counted 3 then followed by 8 if you count don't as one word.. total 11 words...
44. bayusuputra (Posts: 939; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
Life is a wheel.. you'll be on the top, but you'll definitely roll down to the dirt again..
Look at RIM, look at Nokia, look at Motorola..
well, apple is on top now.. :)
63. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Apple... What you're doing shows us that you are not competing like a real man and its a shame to America. F22222CK YOU.
71. taz89 (Posts: 1899; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Thank god I live in the UK where such broad and ridiculous patents are not handed out like free biscuits. You would never see such things like this happen in the UK... I feel sorry for the US where consumers have no say... You have s**tty laws and carriers etc
79. bulldog2424 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
the only thing stopping me from apple is the screen size. it's just too small for my eyesight I tried it out at their store.
80. vbetts (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
I like Android, but this is one of the reasons why I won't be going Iphone.
Oh, and I like my 4g.