Jun 29th, 2012

Apple has managed to hit Google right in the gut. Just as Google starts wrapping up one of their best Google IO events in history, Northern California Judge Lucy Koh has sided with the iPad manufacturer. This results in a US temporary ban on one of the most popular and acclaimed Android devices – The Galaxy Nexus.

This specific court case initiated last February, making this a very slow but definite stab at Google. As mentioned, this is only a temporary decision until the court reaches its final judgement. Apple also has to post a $96 million bond before this action takes place, just in case Samsung happens to pull out of this one. Things could get really ugly if Sammy can’t prove its innocence in court, though. It might even result in a permanent injunction.

The official statement is not yet available, so the specifics are still lacking. Such decision would need to have proof of a patent’s validity, though. As well as proof that the sale of the infringing device would harm that of the infringed.

Four patents were brought to the table by Apple, of which only one seems to be the major reason for this decision. Patent number 8,086,604 refers to a device searching multiple sources through a single interface (much like Siri). This functionality happens to be deeply integrated into the Android OS, making it much harder for Google to simply send an update and correct the issue, if necessary.

Apple has also won an injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 days prior to this decision. The same judge has stated that she might also be making the final decision this Sunday, and we will be here to give you all the details.

We just can’t have one weekend of celebration in the Android world, can we? We are about to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, and now Apple has ruined our weekend again. Let’s just hope this one doesn’t extend to the Nexus 7, though sending the Galaxy Nexus to the bench is already a large enough loss.

Let’s keep our hopes up. This is a big deal, guys.

[Source: FOSS Patents]

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