Last week, we heard that Apple had scored a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, ultimately meaning it’d disappear from shelves across the Atlantic.
Well, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is no longer for sale on Google Play’s US site, but is currently listed – somewhat bizarrely – as “coming soon”.
As I was saying last week, Apple’s beef with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus centered around its slide to unlock mechanism, and some sort of “patent for unified search” that stepped on Siri’s toes.
Point #1: who in their right mind would base their decision to buy a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on either of those things? “Ooh, I really like that slide to unlock. Sold!”
Point #2: is it just me, or is this whole fiasco ultimately yielding oodles of publicity for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, shipping soon at a very attractive $349, with a nice serving of the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean).
Point #3: Samsung is expected to sidestep the Galaxy Nexus injunction with a software update, possibly in a matter of days, rendering the ruling nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Meanwhile, the lawyers are laughing all the way to the bank.
Sigh. Je deteste le patent wars.