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August 2, 2012

Good news for Samsung, not so good for Apple (for the meantime)

Samsung escapes Apple’s attempts to ban Galaxy Nexus, for now.

An appeals court today ruled that Google’s flagship smartphone can remain on sale.

While Apple and Samsung continue to duke it out in a court of law over patents, one of Cupertino’s primary targets received a stay of execution.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone can remain on sale pending an 20th August hearing.

The first handset shipped with Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich,the Galaxy Nexus was briefly banned for sale in the U.S. as part of Apple’s patent battles with manufacturer Samsung, a decision that the appeals court first overturned on July 6.

Bad timing for Google:

Although the Galaxy Nexus has been given a reprieve until the hearing in August, the handset isn’t out of the woods quite yet.

Samsung is expected to provide a filing on or before August 6 to clarify why the device does not infringe upon Apple’s UI and design patents.

But a failure to do so could result in the ban going back into place as quickly as it went away, mind boggling stuff, do they do it? Do they not do it? What do you think?

It’s particularly bad timing for Google, who used their recent Google IO developer conference to announce a price cut on the unlocked version of the Galaxy Nexus sold on their Google Play store, which was upgraded to Android 4.1: Jelly Bean last month.

Meanwhile, as of Monday, Apple and Samsung are arguing their case before a judge in San Jose, California, over accusations that the Korean manufacturer copied the design of the iPhone and iPad in creating their Android-powered, Galaxy-branded devices.

By Jonny Polea

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.