In what might be considered as a serious vendetta, Apple has sued Samsung again. This time, it is in relation to Google’s flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus which is manufactured by smartphone major, Samsung. Once again, people are saying that this could affect Android and Android phone manufacturers as a whole. Apple has moved court saying that Samsung should stop selling its Galaxy Nexus phone in the US because it infringes on some ‘key’ Apple technologies.
The violations sited include two new features in Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) namely the slide to unlock feature and searching information by voice. According to Apple, their customers only expect these features from Apple products and nowhere else. Apple had also sued Samsung in a separate design related case last year. Apple is also suing HTC and Motorola, both Android manufacturers in a separate dispute. That is a whole lot of work for Apple’s legal team!
Florian Mueller, an independent expert who blogs over at FOSS Patents commented saying, “”Google cannot deny its undivided responsibility for any infringement findings. A preliminary injunction would not prohibit the sale of a Galaxy nexus just because it’s called Galaxy Nexus or looks like one: it’s all about which patents it infringes on. I am absolutely certain that…for the preliminary injunction motion the Galaxy Nexus was singled out because it’s so new, and important.”
Earlierdispute between these companies had Apple pushing for a preliminary bar against Samsung from selling its Galaxy phones and tablets. Apple was denied this and there is a good chance that it may be the same result this time around.