Apple Blocks sales of Google Nexus running Android Jelly Bean in USA
At Google IO 2012 we saw the unveiling of Galaxy Nexus, the world’s first phone running the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Just as the IO was about to end in a high note, Apple hit back hard by filing a lawsuit on terms of patent infringements and blocked the sales of Google Nexus in USA. According to Apple the main feature they are targeting for intellectual property theft is Google Voice, which is believed t be a copycat of Siri.
Judge Lucy Koh from USA District Court who lives in San Jose granted Apple the preliminary injunction for their lawsuit. However Apple needs to pay a sum of 86 million dollars in order to block galaxy nexus sales in USA. The reason being, Galaxy Nexus from Google is a new product and since Apple is the one filing a lawsuit, they need to bear the cost of losses for the ongoing sales unless the final verdict is decided.
Apple successfully blocked the Galaxy Tab sales in USA, last week and it is a matter of time before they decide to pay the 96 Million against their case. Apple also released an official statement that says:
It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. As we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas
Jelly Bean looked really impressive with lots of new features but all of that will go to waste unless users get their hands dirty with it. Galaxy Nexus which was much appreciated in day one of Google IO now seems inevitable extinction at least from the USA Market. It will be interesting to see how the Apple Vs Google battle shapes in the coming few weeks and what holds key for a secure Android future. If you are one of those planning to buy a Galaxy Nexus then do it now because it is most likely that sales will be banned as all patents seems to point in Apple’s favor.