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Just a few days after the Galaxy Nexus was removed from the Play Store following an injunction in Apple's suit against Samsung. However, as of today, the flagship Android phone is available from the Play Store again. While customers can purchase the device, the site says it won't ship for 2-3 weeks. This is in contrast to the immediate availability the device had prior to the injunction.

Update: And now the site says that the Galaxy Nexus will ship in 1-2 weeks. We're unsure what caused the change, but the net effect is still largely the same: you can't get it immediately, but soon.

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It's still unclear how Google is planning to rectify the allegedly infringing features, however we know that an update is in the works. The shipping delay may mean that either Google or Samsung needs to open up each individual Nexus to update the software before they're legally allowed to sell the device.

Further confusing the matter, just yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court decided to temporarily lift the ban on sales of the Galaxy Nexus, pending a response from Apple. The court decided that Samsung had made a plausible argument for why the ban should be lifted. This isn't the end of the story, but it may mean that Google and Samsung are allowed to sell the device after all, update or no.

In any case, if you wanted a Galaxy Nexus from Google, you likely won't be waiting too much longer.

Source: Google Play Store

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  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I really hope Google makes the fix "accidentally" really easy to disable and regain full functionality for those who are still running stock.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      It's still just a rumor that the 'fix' is to take away functionality or make anything functionally worse. Considering the patent itself is almost certainly going to be tossed out for being obvious and prior art, I doubt Google is going to do anything that actively hurts the experience. They might code around it, but they aren't going to push an update that hurts the resulting experience when they would then have to push a brand new update to return it to it's original state right after the trial is over.

  • http://twitter.com/MattBTV1 Matty Brown

    It's not just apple it's the messed up Patent system that Apple has just taken advantage of. I am glad to see the Gnex is coming back to our shelves soon though! :-)

    • spankd

      Dont blame the player, blame the game. Wondering though how Google could fix this at all.. that search thing is crystal clear, not some "slide your finger exactly like this"

      • TOMMMMMM

        Just because Apple can get an injunction legally, doesn't mean its a dirty move. I mean, if tomorrow they made it legal to steal or murder, I doubt anyone would be okay with people doing it.

        • spankd

          'Right' does not equal 'Justice', I do know this. Yet I can not agree to compare theft or killing to this, even if Apple is granted a persistent ban for the Nexus.

          Apple is doing what they are allowed to do, nothing else. Wether we like it or not..

      • IceBeam

        No blame the player as well - the chose to do this.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    I heard they had recoded the infringing stuff in Jelly Bean so it doesn't infringe any more.

  • Jeremy Davis

    Just ordered one from my iPhone

  • Jeremy Davis

    After checking every few hours, just placed an order. I'll probably give my iPhone to my grandma or something...

    • Kenny O

      lol.....or a toddler. That's what I did with my iPod Touch when I got my first Android phone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MCERGZBEMMYO7SY23NYDXSLOIM db., heyu

    A Question.
    Is the Galaxy Nexus is the same hardware-wise as the original release.
    In light of all the component improvements since it's release, is there a 2.0?

    • Jahf

      Unless they announce a hardware upgrade during this period of unavailability, it is the same phone. I doubt they've done any upgrades ... but a quad-core CPU and 2GB RAM would be a welcome change. I can do without LTE (won't see it in my area for a long time) and the battery can be retrofit with a larger battery. The rest of the phone is fine.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kenny.strawn Kenny Strawn

    Wouldn't it be the Federal Circuit court, not the Ninth Circuit court, since the Federal Circuit is what deals with patent claims?

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    Presumably what they have done is rectified the issue in JB and they will just roll the GNex with 4.1.x straight out of the box and if they win the court case and the feature they allegedly infringed is worth adding back in it will be part of an OTA.

  • ScroatFan

    Can anyone that owns the gnex confirm that it works with tmo 4g??

    • Jason Wright

      It does. I'm posting from a Galaxy Nexus on T mobiles 4G network right now.

  • skynet11

    The "update that was in the works" has already been pushed to existing handsets, and the new ones have the "offending" feature absent out of the box