Google has stopped selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone through its website… at least temporarily. The move comes a few days after a judge granted Apple a preliminary injunction banning Galaxy Nexus sales in the US, pending a trial. Samsung appealed that decision, but the appeal was turned down.
The ban could be lifted if Samsung is successful in proving non-infringement at the full trial, but Google and Samsung are already working on another way around the ban.
The Verge reports that Google plans to begin selling the phone again next week.
It’s possible that the company plans to get around the patent infringement by issuing a software update that will remove some of the search functionality in Android 4.0. The patents Apple says Samsung is infringing upon involve software, not hardware (this time).
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t Samsung’s only (or top selling) smartphone. But as a Nexus device, it was designed in close cooperation with Google, to showcase Google’s latest Android software. It was the first phone to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and in a week or two it’s expected to be the first to receive an over-the-air update with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
A permanent ban on sales would be a bit of a blow to both companies.
While Google isn’t selling the Galaxy Nexus right now, stores with remaining inventory can continue to sell it. You can pick one up from Amazon, J&R, and other retailers — although most are charging more than the $350 Google was asking for the phone.