Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been banned in the US due to a patent lawsuit filed by Apple which claims that Samsung has infringed upon some of the patents owned by them.
What is even further shocking is the fact that the Galaxy Nexus is not the first device to be banned past week, the other one being Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
This has not been the first time in the past few weeks that Apple has tried to get an Android device banned from reaching the US market.
Previously, Apple called for ban on various smartphones manufactured by HTC, few of them being the One X (and the whole HTC One series), HTC EVO 3D, Droid Incredible 2, Sensation and there’s a whole big list to count (head over to the link to see the whole list).
Apple had also tried to get the Samsung Galaxy S3 banned even before it was made available in the US market by filing a lawsuit which claimed that Samsung had infringed upon 2 of its patents, one related to Siri and S-voice, and the other related to design. The lawsuit’s claims were however denied by the judge.
Koh, the judge in charge of the Galaxy Nexus case said that Apple has clearly proved that it is likely to lose a significant market share if the injunction was relieved. In her statement, she said, “Apple has made a clear showing that, in the absence of a preliminary injunction, it is likely to lose substantial market share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag-along products.”
Koh has also stated that Apple has shows significant evidence that it is likely to prevail over Samsung in the court with regards to the Galaxy Nexus case. Apple was however, not awarded injunction against Samsung so easily, and they had to post a hefty bond of more than $96 million to Samsung to relieve it of its loss during the injunction period.
Folks over at Google also commented on the ruling against Samsung, mentioning that they have been disappointed with the decision and would wait for further evidence. While spokesperson from the Korean giant said, “Samsung is disappointed, as the court’s ruling will restrict American consumer choice in the smartphone market.”
Samsung, in an e-mail statement to Wired said, “We will take all available measures, including legal action, to ensure the Galaxy Nexus remains available to consumers.”
Many people in the Android as well as the Apple community reacted furiously to the disappointing news about the ban of Galaxy Nexus. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a wonderful device and it would be disappointing to see it getting banned permanently due to this lawsuit. Apple is traversing a very risky road with these lawsuits against Android smartphone manufacturers, and it might not end well for anyone.