Google told AllThingsD on Thursday that it's working with Samsung to produce a software patch for the Galaxy Nexus that should avoid the infringement of an Apple patent that led to the phone's ban here in the States last week. The patch is expected to be released to all Galaxy Phones immediately, the company said.
Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California granted Apple's request for a pre-trial ban of the just-launched Galaxy Nexus phone in the United States. The ruling arrived after the judge also banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet here in the States just days prior. Apple said that both devices infringe on four patents, one of which is U.S. Patent 8,086,604 which covers unified search functionality.
"Apple has made a clear showing that, in the absence of a preliminary injunction, it is likely to lose substantial market share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag-along products," Judge Koh said in Friday's ruling.
Judge Koh later said she would schedule a hearing to consider whether to put the Galaxy Nexus injunction on hold pending appeal, but on Tuesday she went forward with the smartphone's temporary ban in the States. Meanwhile, Google has developed a patch that supposedly addresses the issue surrounding universal search. Whether this be enough to lift the ban is unknown at this point.
Despite the patch, Google said it plans to back Samsung's appeal of the injunction while also challenging the universal search patent at issue in the case. The duo is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to reexamine Apple's patent, and reportedly plan to argue that universal search predates said patent.
Google began selling Samsung's Galaxy Nexus directly to consumers via Google Play back in April. Costing $349, it features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED Contour Display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core SoC, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera NFC technology and more.