Galaxy Nexus no longer available in the Play Store

Galaxy Nexus no longer available in the Play Store
As we reported yesterday, Samsung’s bid to get the injunction on the Galaxy Nexus stayed pending appeal failed. Apple posted the deposit of $96 million this evening, so the injunction is now live. Need proof? Below is a screen cap of the Google Play Store, showing the Galaxy Nexus as “coming soon”.

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

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1. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Man they need to chill out with this "you stole my patent" crap.

4. techman01

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 03, 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: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 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: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 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.

77. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012


67. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yeah. At least this is one feature I'm not going to miss.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

if samsung thinks they don't infringe on any patents then why the workaround?

7. techman01

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 03, 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

8. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

jw wtf is an idroid?

9. techman01

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

sorry im super tired i need some sleep yeah your right thats a big no no sorry dude or dudet.

13. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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: Jul 03, 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

10. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Bwahahahahahahahaha exactly...

12. techman01

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

thanks i think?

37. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

40. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 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: Oct 28, 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: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 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: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I think I can add your reply to the types of replies I get on here.

25. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

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