You didn’t think the iPhone was the only smartphone hindered by Apple, did you? (Insert laughter here.) The international patent war amongst mobile companies like Apple, Google, Motorola, and Samsung has gotten many products banned in various countries. Last week, Apple convinced US federal courts that Google’s flagship device should be banned. And so they did. But now it’s available, if only for a brief moment.
While stores have been able to sell through their available stock on the Galaxy Nexus in GSM, Verizon, and Sprint flavors, the ruling states that the phone can’t be imported into the country. Basically, Apple has a problem with violations of their unified search pattern, in which you use one input bar and can search for a variety of content across your phone or the internet, whether web sites, contacts, music, etc. As such, the Galaxy Nexus, being the first Android 4.0 device, is also the first with a persistent unified search bar across its front pages. The ban was temporarily lifted today, but only to give Apple enough time to respond to the appeal. As Nilay Patel pointed out in his article on The Verge, this is a temporary measure in response to a temporary measure. Amazing.
Now I’m no lawyer [We know. -Ed], but this is all incredibly petty, like Apple’s rampage on their ‘slide to unlock’ patent. There’s a huge argument right now about how patents should be applied in quick-moving tech industries like mobile operation, but as we see here, only innovation is being stifled here.
Source: The Verge