The allegations made by Apple have begun to pay off, as Google has had to stop the sales of the Galaxy Nexus, manufactured by Samsung, through its official U.S. store.
This is part of the injunction achieved by Apple, which was based on a patent that protects the right of ownership of an algorithm used by Siri, which allows a search in multiple areas of the device for information, and apparently works Similar to the search method of the Galaxy Nexus.
Both Google and Samsung joined in this litigation to try to prevent or delay this decision as much as possible, using in principle this preliminary ruling, which ultimately was dismissed by Judge Lucy Koh.
Thus, when entering the Google Play store from the States, you can see a message saying “coming soon”, and the ability to sign up for email notifications.
At the moment no one knows when will be available again, however, being a software patent, a small OTA update might solve the issue.
Google says this will be marketed together again with the new version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
However, despite the injunction, it is still possible to buy a Galaxy Nexus in the United States in other distribution channels such as eBay, Amazon, Expansys or Verizon.
In this way this is the second concrete block made by Apple, after the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned. How far will the patent fight reach? do not know, but seriously threatens the technological development, as it becomes a method to eliminate competitors.