Possible Galaxy Nexus sale ban by Apple defies belief

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While Apple are notoriously secret when it comes to new product unveilings, the same cannot be said for the company’s willingness to press forward with legal action against rival manufacturers in a public fashion.

After being embroiled in a patent spat with Samsung throughout most of 2011, Apple has now taken the bold step in trying to block sales of Google and Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Nexus Android handset in the US.

Apple has officially asked Californian courts for a preliminary injunction of all Galaxy Nexus sales in the country, as they feel that the Ice Cream Sandwich device violates a total of four patents, three of which were only just filed recently. The patents in question can be seen in detail over at Apple Insider and include information related to ‘data tapping’, Siri, a slide-to-unlock feature and also a word completion patent which specifically relates to touchscreen text entry.

Apple obviously believe that Google’s Galaxy Nexus violates the four patents in question, and perhaps more worrying for consumers looking to pick up the device, Apple may have a chance of winning this battle according to patent blogger Florian Mueller. In a blog post on the subject, we also hear how Apple may also have a long list of other Samsung devices that they also plan to target for patent infringement, but in this case the Galaxy Nexus was allegedly picked out ‘because it’s so new and important’.

Google and Samsung are yet to react to the court filing, but if Apple does have a case here, then we may see Google resort to some drastic software changes to the Galaxy Nexus in order to keep their device on the market and available for purchase. It would seem fairly outrageous though if Apple do manage to completely block the sales of the Galaxy Nexus in the US, so hopefully Google will not let it come to that.

If you’re an iPhone owner reading this, what are your thoughts on this? A little healthy competition between the two smartphone makers is always welcome in our books, so do you take pleasure in hearing that the Galaxy Nexus could be blocked or not? As for current Galaxy Nexus owners fearing drastic alterations to your handset, is this a case of when are Apple going to stop these legal shenanigans?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Adracamas Bryan Daugherty

    -.- XD ROFLMAO A cornered animal is always more likely to strike… the smallest dog is always the loudest one.. etc etc.

  • Jeami_0318

    Just because apples nightmare is samsung devices..

  • http://twitter.com/_ThaNerd_ Ron L

    Apple is trying to live from its outdated patents as much as it can. Soon technology will change to the point where Apple and its pointless patents won’t be worth much and the tables will turn. So Apple is just being Apple but in the future there won’t be no more fruits at the top of the pyramid. 

  • Neil Gillibrand

    All the Android using manufacturers should come together to attack Apple on all the various patents they own.

    I’ve never been a fan of Apple simply for how closed it is and how arrogant there approach to customers is. But all this patent nonsense has made we want to see them taken down a peg or four.

  • Kazie

    I have an Nexus S with ICS and a couple of iPhones with iOS 5. It is obvious to me that ICS infringes those recently granted Apple patents. Apple has right to take an action.

  • Shaffti

    Man that group is a bunch of self righteous pussies. I think It’s funny how they use something like the notification bar on their latest, then have the balls to talk about slide lock, and folders! Folders! How many years did it take for them to add folders to icrap? Then they walk around acting like they reinvented the wheel. A-holes….

  • Jefre

    Patent infringement is patent infringement.

  • Netwrk219

    I’ve owned a few iPhone versions as well as an android tablet. Why do you call apples attempt to fight patent infringement “shenanigans”?
    I love market competition, but not intellectual theft.