Since the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released late last year, it immediately became one of the more popular handsets in the Android ecosystem because it was the first handset to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which was back then the latest iteration of the Android operating system. In addition to its popularity among the smartphone-buying population, the handset was also considered as the best Android-powered device during its heydays because of this attribute.
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Because of this popularity of the handset, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus came under heavy fire from Apple and was the subject of a lawsuit of the company from Cupertino due to alleged patent infringements, particularly of the ‘604 patent more popularly known as the Siri patent. Earlier this month, Apple got the better of Samsung when a US Federal Court ruled in its favor and granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from being imported into or sold in US shores.
Google and Samsung however managed a small victory when the ban was delayed on appeal and the two companies were already poised to continue with the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at the Google Play Store. In answer, Apple sent letters to US retailers which still have the Google flagship device in their shelves and demanded that they take the handsets off the shelves and stop selling them. Quoting the letter, Apple demanded that retailers stop “importing, offering to sell, or selling [the devices] within the United States,” claiming the injunctions applied “not only to the named Samsung entities, but also to anyone ‘acting in concert’ with them.” The letter further went on to say that “Apple thus believes that the order extends to you” – referring to the retailers.
The legal right of Apple to demand as such hasn’t been decided yet and remains to be seen but the action on its part only goes to show just how terribly the company wants to cut-off the access of the smartphone-buying population to handsets that compete with its products and to a certain extent, infringe on its patents – or so it would argue.
In the case of Samsung, the injunction prevents it from importing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and providing it to its partner retailers but the same injunction doesn’t necessarily extend to the retailers who already have the handset in their respective shelves and continuing to sell them. Sources close to some of the retailers claim that they have already complied with the injunction but some US retailers refused to comply and still sold their on-hand units of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Samsung for its part criticized the strong-arming tactics of Apple and claimed that the letters from the company are “menacing”. With the resolution of this case still a big question mark, the only sure thing for now is that we haven’t heard the last about this situation. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at just one penny.