Scarcely a week after an injunction which abruptly ended the sales of Google’s Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung-manufactured device has now reappeared on the web company’s Play Store, and will resume shipping in a couple of weeks time.
The injunction, handed out by judge Lucy Koh, prevented the device from selling due to an infringement of Apple’s intellectual property, but with Jelly Bean 4.1 said to amend the problem in question, the popular HSPA+ smartphone will be available to Android fans once more.
Although there have been numerous rumors stating a flood of new nexus smartphones (as many as five) landing on November 5th – and this is before we even get to the recently-announced Nexus 7 tablet – the Google Galaxy Nexus is still a pretty useful device, eclipsed in features by only a handful of other devices.
The first device to ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, it appears to be among the first to taste the even-sweeter Jelly Bean, and although it took an absolute age to release Stateside, it has still found many die-hard fans, continuing to sell in strong numbers.
As far as the continual legal issues with Apple are concerned, the fruit company has until July 12th to issue a response on the matter, although having posted a two-and-a-half million dollar bond to impose this rather large inconvenience on its bitter rivals, the likelihood of this being the end of matters seems a long-shot, to put it mildly. And it was just a day ago when the ban was lifted after an appeal from Samsung in which the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s ban was still held up, but a full trial will still be carried out in the future.
Apple’s main issues at the moment are mainly concerned with Samsung and Google, with lawsuits aplenty in both directions. The latter two enjoy a strong business relationship anyway thanks to the Android ties, and if reports ring true, HTC could also be drafted into proceedings to try and suffocate Apple’s lawsuit-happy antics.
The three have been linked by reports of a move towards cross-licensing agreements with Apple, and despite the immovable Steve Jobs no longer being a part of the Apple metalwork, one suspects the fruit company will continue to fight in the manner it has been – especially if it can mount a case strong enough for more sales bans.
I guess, if you’ve made something and you feel another has unlawfully plagiarized, it’s only right you pursue them in a court of law. But in all honesty, the debacle is getting beyond tiresome.