Sorry, Apple: Court OKs Galaxy Nexus Sales
...for now
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2012 8:38 AM CDT
An Associated Press reporter demonstrates the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Apple's two-week-old legal victories have just been cut in half. In late June, a judge halted US sales of two Samsung products, the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. But on Friday an appeals court rejected the preliminary injunction on the Nexus, Wired reports, though it didn't do the same for the tablet. The move is only temporary, however: The court is willing to reconsider the Nexus ban after hearing Apple's side of the story; it has until July 12 to make its case. A reinstated ban could last months, an analyst tells the BBC.

In other good news for Samsung, Google is preparing an Android update to work around Apple's patent claims, which center on the "unified search" of both the Web and the device itself. The new version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, is set for sale "soon," according to the Google Play store. A patent consultant employed by Microsoft throws a little rain on that parade, though, noting that removing the unified search technology "would be a depredation of the user-experience meaning that the search results it gives are less useful."