Google Beats Nexus Ban By Making It Worse

Last week, Apple secured an injunction against the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US by claiming that the quick search on the phone's Android OS violates its patent for a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system." Google's got a "fix" coming, but you're not going to like it.

Google will be sending an over-the-air update to Ice Cream Sandwich so that the courts will allow the Galaxy Nexus to be sold in the US. The update will change the built-in search in the latest iteration of Android so that it will return only results from the web. Previously, you could search the contents of your phone as well. Basically, since Apple has successfully convinced a judge that Google maybe copied its method for searching your phone, Google will have to make its product worse while appealing the decision.

The update will reportedly begin rolling out as early as tonight, and the Galaxy Nexus will return to Google Play next week. [The Verge and ABC News]


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    Just don't install the update. Glad I am on Jelly Bean.

    Just wait till Jelly bean release... but then again, the little spoilt kid Apple will try to sue again. lol. never ending battle really...

    "hmmmm... the voice search on google search is way so much alike with Siri.. SUE THEM !!!"

    Seriously, how can Apple claim that they are innovative?
    And Steve Jobs said Android was a rip-off of Apple's iOS ??

    Let's look at iOS6, the "still under-development" system.
    Source: Apple.com

    1. Maps. Maps take a whole new turn. Now with Turn by Turn nav and Traffic
    Android: Map was one of the most important built in apps for Android OS. Turn by turn (Google Navigation) was "invented" more than 3 years ago. Traffic was also included in Google Map long ago.
    Fly over feature on iOS6? Have you heard of Google Earth (long before iPhone first appear in 2007)

    2. Siri. Sports, Restaurants, Movies.
    Android: This is one of the more debatable apps. I have to agree that Siri is a bit better(and really a step up) of Google Voice Search.
    Android: However, Google voice search was here since Galaxy S device was out, which was 3 years ago. You can simply say: Map of McDonals, and Google Maps opens up and tells you where are the closest McDonalds...etc
    (Did I mention Google Voice supports 30+ langauge while Siri only support 6, soon.)

    3. Facebook integrated.
    Post Directly to Facebook: I remember posting facebook photo and status directly from my gallery, since 2 years ago?
    Contact: I merged my phone contact and facebook account since Galaxy S device (3 years ago), and since Galaxy S2 (1 year ago), it can even automatically apply my friends' facebook photo to my phone contact display picture.

    4.Share select photos with a select audience.
    Android: Isn't Google+ already like that?

    5. Passbook. No more hunting through your wallet for gift cards, coupons...
    I admit it is a SMALL step up from Android.
    Reason being a small upgrade? Heard of Google Wallet? If not, Google it, you will find out Google Wallet appears on the market since early 2011.

    6. Facetime, now over cellular.
    To be fair, facetime was first on iOS, then Google Video follows.
    However, Google Video (within Google Talk app) allows users to use over cellular since it first released.
    (Let's not talk about Jail break for now, we want to be official)

    7. Phone. Send to voicemail, reply with message.
    This is totally a STRAIGHT COPY AND RIP OFF FROM ANDROID.
    Android had the exact same feature since long ago.
    My 3 years old Galaxy S had it already.

    8. Mail. An even better email experience.
    VIP inbox: Copied GMAIL's "starred", changes the name to VIP and claims it's new.
    Photos and videos: Add photos and videos to email messages:
    Android have it long ago. Attachment isn't new to the world, right?

    9. Safari. Browsing is just the begining. Now with iCloud Tabs, Offline Reading List - full web pages- not just link.
    Once again a straight COPY.
    Since Google Android 4.0 (which appeared in Nov2011), we have offline reading web page.
    At the same period of time, Google Chrome App already have tab sync with your laptop, tablet or desktop.

    Apple listed 9 features, which only 1.5 of those maybe a step up from what Google Android already had. However, the other 7.5 features appeared on Android device already, most of them even existed more than a few years.

    Why would Apple even say: Android is a rip-off from iOS?

    It won't bother me if Apple didn't claim they are innovative, but since Apple is trying to sue everybody now for copying them, that made me hate Apple so much.

      You left out notifications! :)

      Expect Corey, Deshan and co to show up still claiming that Apple's the only innovator and how everyone shamelessly rips them off. The only OEM I'd say rips off Apple is Samsung. I'm a GNex user and no-one can deny that S Voice is a Siri ripoff, that the original Galaxy S was a 3GS clone and TouchWiz until very recently skinned Android to look very iOS-y.

      But banning the GNex from sale is incredibly slimy. Apple did the same thing with the Tab 10.1 , effectively shooting down that device before it even took off.

    Ironic that they are suing them over a search related patent... I'm surprised Google don't have a few search related patents they could nab Apple on.

    It must purely be the process for surely apple cannot patent this idea (as Microsoft has had a similar universal search on a computer system) I like the article where the judge doesn't agree with the patent system but upholds that it must lawfully be upheld. Apple are gonna f the system and soon I hope companies start f ing apple back because patenting such a broad array of shapes is gonna screw us in the long term. Truly this is preventing competition and fairness and apple should be taken down for TRYING to create a monopoly much like Microsoft was all those years ago. I like Apples product's but I don't like what they are doing to the industry. Giving customers less choice and making it almost a dictatorship just because one man was hell bent on revenge from so many years ago. As sad as it is...he's gone now and let it go. Flame me but this is where it all comes from. I don't buy Apple products based in principle now. Sure I could find apple TV useful or a MacBook air. But I never will own one.

    how the hell did apple think of that first? has judge never heard of a search function? its existed in operation systems eg windows for a very very long time. What was it since apple decide to put search function in mobile OS first they have the right to a search function now? these patents cases are becoming a joke. the lawyers and judges are the only ones enjoying this because they are making a crap load of $$$.

    Every company is as evil as Apple it is just other patent disputes don't make as good a headline as Apple at the moment. Ther are a lot of companies trying to sue Apple for patents at the moment.

      That's just false equivalence. Launching a reactive patent suit in response to a pre-emptive one is not morally or legally comparable. I don't remember the iPad or iPhone being barred from sale, but I do remember the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction. The fact is, Apple is currently the biggest player in the market and flexing their lawyers to maintain the status quo.

    most things on my Android phone are also on Google's servers. So a local search, or a search of the same information on Google's end, isn't going to make much difference to me should they work around it in this way. However Apple is surely going to have this patent invalidated in the US sooner or later, and they can't enforce it in Europe or anywhere else.

    Windows CE was a mobile OS.... I think Microsoft should bitch slap Apple.

    About time Google copped its right whack. Thieving bunch of copyists. Enjoy your law suit. More on the way. Thermonuclear war Google. Don't F@#k with Apple.

    Um.. What about just type on webOS???

    I thought that the Google plug in for PC searching is pretty much the same... that has been around for a while... It is very handy sometimes to be able to search content on your own PC or phone by content...
    I had to laugh earlier in the week about the New apple Patent for their version of Google glasses....

    Even if Google don't have a patent, (I'm sure they do) making a product available to the public is the same as putting it in the public domain.. The concept immediately becomes un-patentable, everywhere except the USA it seems....

    I always ask the "Novelty" question... If the concept or extension is Not novel, and if it is "Obvious" to "One versed in the art" then it isn't patentable, and the Patents office should reject it....

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus back on Google Play.
    In the UK HTC v Apple this is what the judge said:
    The judge said that HTC's "arc unlock" feature - which also involves a predefined gesture along a path shown on-screen - would have infringed Apple's technology had it not been for a device released in 2004.
    The Neonode N1 showed a padlock on its screen with the words "right sweep to unlock" when it was in its protected mode. A later version replaced the text with an arrow.
    The judge said it would have been an "obvious" improvement for the developers to have offered users visual feedback in the form of a "slider" in the way that Apple later used.
    He added that the concept of a "slider" was not new since it had already appeared in Microsoft's CE system.
    As a result Apple's claim to the innovation was rejected.The judge said that HTC's "arc unlock" feature - which also involves a predefined gesture along a path shown on-screen - would have infringed Apple's technology had it not been for a device released in 2004.
    The Neonode N1 showed a padlock on its screen with the words "right sweep to unlock" when it was in its protected mode. A later version replaced the text with an arrow.
    The judge said it would have been an "obvious" improvement for the developers to have offered users visual feedback in the form of a "slider" in the way that Apple later used.
    He added that the concept of a "slider" was not new since it had already appeared in Microsoft's CE system.
    As a result Apple's claim to the innovation was rejected.

    This is pathetic Apple... someone ring Bill and get Microsoft on this bandwagon!

    This is why #boycottapple has been trending on Google+ non-stop for the past week.

    how is this patent innovative? isn't universal search something we've been dreaming of for years. Frank Herbert's mentats were an example of this.

      Dune references FTW! Just glad i live in Australia and can enjoy the full use of this search function without crApples interference

    Pathetic. Just convinces me more to stay away from bloody Apple

    Jobs ripped off the Xerox interface to Smalltalk, check Byte Magazine August 1981. Apple, like Microsoft, have produced little in original concepts. They have bought and copied and in some cases improved idea's and concepts. The problem today is the American system to stifle innovation and competition through a flawed system of patents. Any one signing a free trade agreement with America will have to abide by this system and in turn deny their country the right to fairly compete in the IT industry.

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