If you’ve been under a rock or constantly intoxicated from 4th of July activities over the past week or so, you may have heard that Apple was awarded a ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the United States.
The ban was due to infringement on Apple’s patent covering the ability to perform unified searches (meaning a one-stop search box to search both the web and apps on your phone). Google’s already working up a fix, it seems, as they have confirmed to ABC that the Galaxy Nexus will go back on sale next week.
Google will, in fact, be modifying Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to steer clear of infringing on Apple’s patents.This may mean that the traditional device search method will no longer be implemented, though Google may be working on a workaround rather than completely stripping the functionality out of the OS.
We shouldn’t be alarmed if Google’s going with the former course of action as they may be doing it to gain time and implement a new way to do unified searches. Whatever the case may be, the Galaxy Nexus will go back on sale next week and we just hope Apple doesn’t have any more tricks up their sleeves from here on it.