Android Phones

Google pulls the Galaxy Nexus listing in Play Store, plans OTA update to appease Apple

July 3, 2012 | by Natesh Sood

Android Phones, Samsung

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Apple recently won a preliminary injuction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which essentially halted sales of the pure Google device until further notice.  We saw something similar occur with the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE several weeks back.  In order to placate Apple and its lawyers, Google is planning to release an OTA software update to all Galaxy Nexus smartphones.

The update will change the way the quick search bar works.  In a nutshell, the search bar will only scour through the web instead of searching through locally held data.   This could potentially affect many users, but Google has not announced whether the update is mandatory or optional.  Moreover, it is not known whether the update is enough to allow for the Galaxy Nexus to be sold — only time will tell.

On a related note, Google has pulled the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from its Play Store.  The smartphone isn’t readily available for purchase, but users can opt to be notified when it is available again for shipping.  The logical assumption here is that Google cannot legally sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at this time while the injunction is in full effect.

Here’s to hoping the OTA update can clear the issue and the Galaxy Nexus can be sold in the United States.

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