[Updated] Google pulls down Galaxy Nexus from Play Store, due to the ban

Google has stopped the sale of Galaxy Nexus smartphone on the Google Play Store, as a result of the injunction on the said device by former U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. The search engine giant confirmed the above move with ABC News.

Google announced to roll a software patch for Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones, which might help the device manufacturer in avoiding the ban. Google is finally seen actively participating in helping its OEM’s fend off charge from the Cupertino based firm. 

Fans of the Galaxy Nexus device need not to be worry, as Google plans to put the device back on sale next week, with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade and a software patch that is believed to avoid the infringing Apple patent that led to the injunction.

For the uninitiated folks, the patch, when updated on the device, will simplify the home-screen based quick search option and will only show results that are restricted to the internet, disabling the local search options. The same will be applicable for voice enabled search option.

Late last year, Google had said that  it will back Android device manufacturers in patent lawsuits,  when its intent to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion arose concerns that they might not support other Android device manufacturers in their legal battles. Seems like Google is putting its words to action, considering the stance it has taken in the battle between Apple and Samsung.

The company plans to support Samsung, not only in its appeal against the injunction, but will also challenge the universal search patent at issue in the case, challenging the validity of the patent and seeking a re-examination by the US Patent and Trademark office.

As per the latest reports coming in, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has temporarily suspended the ban till Apple replies to Samsung’s appeal. Though it seems that the ban will not last for a long time as Google has already promised a Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Nexus including the software patch which will be a workaround the unified search patent that the Nexus has been banned for.

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