Samsung bid for stay on GALAXY Nexus denied, but Google has software update for workaround

Samsung bid for stay on GALAXY Nexus denied, but Google has software update for workaround
Last night, we passed along the word that Judge Koh had denied Samsung's request for a stay on the injunction she had ordered on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1. Move ahead 24 hours, and as Yogi once said (Berra, not Bear), it's Deja Vu all over again as Samsung was once again denied. This time, the device with the preliminary injunction is the Samsung GALAXY Nexus.

While Apple has successfully used the courts as a way to take the public's mind off Jelly Bean, Google and Samsung on Tuesday night are discussing a workaround that might be able to make Apple's legal actions moot. According to The Verge, an OTA update for the Samsung GALAXY Nexus might go out as early as Tuesday night and take away all local search, redirecting it to the web. Those who don't want to update will not be forced to, but it would appear that this could be a valid way to get around the '604 unified search patent that Apple has been using as Kryptonite to Google's Superman. This is the patent that Apple used to get the court to order the injunction on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus last week.

The OTA update is supposed to rollout to all Samsung GALAXY Nexus units regardless of carrier. The update will also make one of the big standout features for Android 4.1, Google Now, safe from Apple's grasp when it is ready to be rolled out to the public.

The workaround coming in the OTA update is expected to "dumb down" the search bar on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, as results will come only from the web. Even Voice Search will be limited in this manner.

source: TheVerge via AllThingsD

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85 Comments

1. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

If you can't beat em, vow thermonuclear war on them! Steve jobs vowed thermonuclear war and it turns out to be patent missiles. Patents than never should be granted or awarded for thwarting technology and competition in a free, capitalistic America. iDisgusted >(

5. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Patent missiles, that's the best you can do Apple? At least when Steve Jobs vowed to destroy Android, I think he meant it from the heart and from a technology perspective. These embarrassing, frivolous lawsuits are simply outrageous, egregious, preposterous and I cannot imagine even the herd backing these type of technology stunting lawsuits!

85. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Jobs authorized the lawsuits that Apple brought on others. In fact nearly all lawsuits in court now were authorized by him several months before. Im sure Jobs wanted to win purely by innovation and capability, but also understand that the way Google operates that it would have been nearly impossible to do it through these means alone, so the patent lawsuits were to at least hamper Google's efforts.

12. CupZ83

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

obama bans capitalism in this country so therefore it no longer exists sorry :(

20. chadrick0814 unregistered

Obviously, Wall Street has really suffered with the Dow Jones being at 7800 on the last day of Bush and over 12500 today. But, I think you're on the wrong site. Here's a link to the site you're looking for.... http://www.foxnews.mobi/

30. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

This is Phone Arena not some political site. Please talk about phones not politics.

31. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh ya and the private sector is "doing fine" am i right? and all of those gains were due to wall street itself not obama's ridiculous policies..

74. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

in the 3rd year of Bush's term it was almost exactly the same 12000.. but back then, the dollar was worth more than it is today. It also climbed much higher than that until the housing bubble burst in 2008. A housing bill that was penned by democrats and just signed by bush who wasnt smart enough to read the thing. Who credited themselves with writing that bill? Pelosi, dodd, frank, ect. Oh and what lawyer was using public pressure and protest rallys to force banks to do sub prime lending because they refused to comply with the housing bill at first? Oh yea.. that would be Obama working with ACORN.. the now defunct voter fraud group. its easy to make broad sweeping judgement with little fact. its much more fun to actually see what happened though. And when you compare presidents. You compare them for the same term.

77. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

And if you want to get really specific. when was the biggest market crash of them all? When did we lose the most money? When Obama officially won the election. Wall street had a crap fit about that. The very tail end of 2008 into the beginning of 2009 was the biggest drop in recent memory and set the stock market back to its 1997 trading average. If you think elections dont affect the market, think again. http://www.the-privateer.com/chart/dow-long.html

86. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Its funny that the stock did happen the way it did when Obama was elected, because he ended being just as friendly to them, if not more, than Bush was when he was in office. Obama has really dropped the ball on having wall street and the banks be held responsible for their reckless abandon that led us to the repression and housing bubble that we are still under.

2. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

What would Brian boitano do?

75. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hed probably kick an ass or two!!!

3. ilia1986 unregistered

Great. Now everyone who gets a Galaxy nexus in the US can't use search locally, thanks to Apple. :\

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you mean on VRZ only.. on Sprint is not even a top 5 device...

42. ilia1986 unregistered

It doesn't matter. A product is a product. And now it's owners have one less feature thanks to Apple.

58. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ohh if you dont have the feature is thanks to Samsung for copying...

73. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Your comments really piss me off for lack of better words... One, how can you COPY common sense? If you ask for the weather, you expect the answer to be your local area FIRST without any kind of navigating to find it, right? Most, if not all of Apple's patents are so much BS that I'm still curious how they were even awarded. The entire patent system is a dud.

88. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

I think it's mostly the Patent Office's fault. Whoever granted the patent just doesn't know what s/he is doing and gives them out willy-nilly. Knowing this, Apple will submit multiple applications for essentially the same patent and hope at least one passes through, not to mention usage of some fancy words in the applications to make it look like they've actually come up with something with "flash of genius".

64. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Well thank Samsung for infringing on patents.

78. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

How does Apple keep getting away with this garbage? These are patents that are loosely defined yet strictly binding...patents for things that ANY smartphone would use as a standard feature. The patent system in this country is messed up, Apple is getting away with way too much...and the fact that this judge is completely on Apple's side does not help matters either. At least other companies like Motorola, Nokia, etc. usually make settlements or demand reimbursement for others using their patents; Apple has to sue, sue, sue until the phone is off the market. Where's the professionalism in that? That doesn't make you look like a respectable company; that makes you look like a bully. A power-hungry, greedy, self-centered, ignorant bully. It's gotten to the point where I don't even care if someone infringes on their patents. Apple stole their way to the top, and to see them go nuts with these lawsuits and injunctions for things that they never came up with in the first place (and act like they did) just makes me sick. Sooner or later, Apple's going to get theirs.

87. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

If it's Google's Android workaround, it affects ALL devices.

4. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Patent troll alert!!!

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

so how exactly will this effect voice commands without a connection? also how did apple time this to take light away from 4.1? the judge chose when to deliver the verdict not apple. either way i think frand needs some amendments to include more common use features so apple cant sue over every little thing. features that the user sees and that are obviously big sellers for an os should be protected. but not things that end users dont even see much less think of.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Specially when this is so old on android

65. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly.... I also just thought of something.....how come Google Desktop doesnt help them in this case? Didnt Apple get a patent for something that applied to desktop PC's and it was applied to phones? How come prior art always seems to get overlooked in Apple cases?!?!?

76. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i was wondering the same thing. universal search has been on android since the beginning. When did apple get it? If its such a "big patent" why didnt they pull it out first when android was still just gaining steam and they started suing? More BS. I think like 90% of what everyone is suing over these days needs to go to FRAND. It's complete BS. And we need to have a class of judges that are specifically trained in tech and patents to handle this stuff.

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

This is what is great about companies like Google and Samsung, they take it in their stride even when wrongfully accused instead of whining and taking it out on other companies. Being a true innovative company, you have tons of workarounds. "Oh, the Galaxy Tab's corners too squarish for you?" Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Fixed. "Oh, we can't use bounce in our OS?" Blue edge glow, Fixed. "Oh, we can't use rectangle folders?" Circle folders. Fixed. Now imagine if Apple were in their shoes. "What do you mean we can't use that notification bar? But there's no other way to implement or edit it, that should be a FRAND!" Problem not fixed, move on to sue other companies.

9. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

They can have a notification bar that slides from the bottom :)

21. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Honeycomb and ICS Tablets already use that.

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yes but nobody has Android tablets... so

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