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Is this the update that lets the Samsung GALAXY Nexus come back to the market?

Is this the update that lets the Samsung GALAXY Nexus come back to the market?
This could be the update that removes local search from the Samsung GALAXY Nexus

This could be the update that removes local search from the Samsung GALAXY Nexus

With the injunction on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus temporarily halted for as long as the next two weeks while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit makes a final ruling on the injunction, an update for the handset is apparently being tested. Software version IMM76Q, found on a screenshot posted by an XDA member, is only 945KB which suggests that it is the update that removes local search from the phone. Removing local search will prevent the model from infringing on the so-called '604 Siri patent on unified search. It is this patent that has enabled Judge Koh to slap the now temporarily halted injunction on the model. Instead of being able to search for something on the phone, Samsung GALAXY Nexus users will have to settle for a search of the internet.

It turns out that the XDA member whose phone is the subject of the photograph showing the update, could be a tester. The phone has a serial number on top of the device and no one else has claimed to have received the update. If he is a tester, it could be some time before the update is pushed out to the public. But with the ruling of the Federal Appeals Court freezing the ban on the phone for now, it is conceivable with the right rulings, that this update may never see the light of day.

While some Samsung GALAXY Nexus users have been posting on forums that they are excited about the update, perhaps we should explain this slowly. The update is going to be removing functionality on the phone, not adding to it. With the current hold on Judge Koh's injunction, we could see the Samsung GALAXY Nexus return to the Google Play Store next week, as has been rumored, with Android 4.1 installed.

source: XDA via DroidLife

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posted on 07 Jul 2012, 00:50 8

1. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I don't get it, why push this update to phones that already have owners? Not like the law can confiscate all Galaxy Nexus' that don't update to remove features. The only Galaxy Nexus' that need to be downgraded are the ones still in the stores and those that are currently being made. Besides, the injection is only for Galaxy Nexus' being SOLD, doesn't that mean that Google can just sell the downgraded models but after being purchased, push an update that returns those lost functions?

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 01:22 7

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


They have to uphold their end of the law and put the update on unsold phones and any that are to be manufactured after the time of the injunction. You do not have to install the update I believe, it's your option. Google must comply by putting the update out, but phones already out in the wild you are to update only if you choose to do so.

I find this a bogus ass patent, why in the world would being able to search the phone by voice or otherwise be a patent? It's supposed to be a function of the phone itself, it's a computer. How on earth is this any different from using voice recognition to use the search on my windows PC?

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 04:51 1

8. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I mean, why even bother pushing an update when it's nothing but a downgrade for current owners? If they are going to show the same notice as this one here, then current Nexus owners wouldn't know better and just press update. So by right the only Galaxy Nexus that should be missing features are those being sold, Google can released another update after it's been sold to the customer, the Nexus only has to be handicapped stock out of the box or while sitting in the stores.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 07:29

10. e.wvu (unregistered)


It's not really a serious downgrade, they are removing a feature that most people aren't even aware of or don't really care about.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 08:05 1

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2954; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


And yet Apple cares enough to try to ban the device over this stupid patent.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 10:24 3

15. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Apple doesn't care about the feature they are scared of the Galaxy Nexus.

And they should be.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 11:52

20. JessJess (unregistered)


Pretty sure they don't care about the Nexus. It's an attack on android. That's what its always about. Nexus is carrying 4.1 first so this rains on the new JB release.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 12:07

21. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Agree to disagree :)

The search feature that was banned has absolutely nothing to do with Jelly Bean. They are scared of a $350 off-contract flagship that people are finally starting to realize is better than their precious iPhone.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 19:50

22. JessJess (unregistered)


Fair enough :)

But I don't think the patent itself is of much importance. Apple will use anything they can to 'right the wrong' that is Steve's legacy against Android and Google.

They want android dead, and if they have to battle it on random patents to get to it then they will. The nexus seems an obvious target because of Jelly Bean.

Well just my 2c.

Ironically I have a 4S and am getting a Nexus soon lol.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 07:31 1

11. bigdawg23 (Posts: 362; Member since: 25 May 2011)


They need to push it because Apple could ask for a large sum of cash for each device still operating under the patent violation.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 01:22 17

2. ap1989 (Posts: 144; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


F*** you apple you can make android change the software, but you can't make me install it. ill only install it if apple takes the pull down notification off iOASS. android had it first you F***in copy cats.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 02:00 11

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


The Googles' pull down notification patent is pending, so Apple can use it for now. It will be lots of fun when the patent is granted.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 02:19 6

6. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Woohoo, You got my thumbs up :))

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 08:02

12. dcgore (Posts: 206; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


I think the implications of this are far more telling for the future. Imagine that none of the future android releases will have in device search (unless google licenses it from apple) because of the apple patent.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 11:22 1

17. legion789 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


hey dumbass .. Your pathetic google copied pulled down notification from nokia n900

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 08:39 1

24. paulislegend (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Wrong... the HTC G1 was released in Oct., 2008. The dropdown noticfication patent was applied for in Jan. 2009. The n900 was released November 11, 2009. WAY AFTER THE FACT...

Please get your facts straight...

oxox.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 02:07 6

5. andrew1953 (Posts: 174; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Now you see the contemptible arrogance off Apple. They put out a 4G tablet that is so crappy it only has a 4G chip for the American market. Not 4G for Britain,Europe,Asia,Australia. And even though the Aussie dollar has parity wiith the U.S. Dollar,we'll make Australians pay a third more for the same software you get in America. Buy Apple? You have gotto be joking.RIM have BALANCE in their software which will go a long way to saving them But if they go under,there's the Asus Padfone or Galaxy Note 11 or a Windows 8 unit. Buy Apple? Some of us would prefer undergoing a course in waterboarding.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 03:35 14

7. sarb009 (Posts: 286; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


How many of u also hate apple for their arrogance and greed?

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 07:13

9. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


We will listen to the United Nations on the Patent Wars issues.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 08:08 3

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8111; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is a perfect example of a patent shouldn't exist. Apple is preventing innovation for technology because of this...

The patent system is so corrupted its not even funny.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 11:02

16. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


"It is this patent that has enabled Judge Koh to slap the now temporarily halted injunction on the model. Instead of being able to search for something on the phone, Samsung GALAXY Nexus users will have to settle for a search of the internet".

Wait this can't be right, because I could have done a local search of my phone from when I owned a Nexus S. There has to be more to this patent because I can't see how any Judge in their right mind would uphold such a ridiculous patent, or how anyone would grant it in the first place.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 11:26

18. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Tons of phones have this feature but Apple is scared of Samsung...

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 11:46

19. skymitch89 (Posts: 1053; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't see why they are updating just this device and not updating the search app itself. It's because of the search app that the search is "unified".

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 20:43

23. sprockkets (Posts: 1159; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Cause only the nexus stuff google has control over. Maybe they'll do it for 4.1 though.

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