Google and Samsung have confirmed today that they pulled the Galaxy Nexus from Play Store as there is a ban on the sales of this device. The Galaxy Nexus is currently listed as “Coming Soon” in the Play Store and says “Soon with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean”. Google is working on an update right now and is planning to resume shipping from next week.
As reported earlier, Apple won the preliminary junction after trying to put a ban on the sales of the “Pure Google” device because of a patent infringement lawsuit. Samsung tried to block it by filing a motion immediately after that which was also rejected. Later, the Galaxy Nexus was pulled from Google Play Store and now the company has officially confirmed the reason to ABC News.
Google is working on an OTA Jelly Bean update for the existing devices but didn’t reveal what the company is actually intending to change. The ‘604 patent is a universal search patent that protects to search multiple sources from a single interface and showing the results using heuristics. That’s what Google’s search bar does and is similar to what Siri does.
There is a possibility that the search bar will be removed in the next update or Google will introduce a new way to search and display the results. If everything goes according to the plan, people can expect to see the device back in stores next week.