Saturday, July 07, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus returns to the Google Play store

Google earlier said that the Galaxy Nexus device would return to its "storefront" next week, but why wait? It's back now, in the Google Play Store, after the U.S. Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit issued a temporary stay on Friday, while awaiting an Apple response due July 12.

[For those not paying attention to the patent war between Apple and Samsung, Apple earlier won a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus based on a unified search patent.]

Google said that Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) fixes the patent infringement issue which halted sales, so it was prepared to restart sales next week anyway. With the sales already re-starting, consumers are getting a few days head start.

Notably, orders made now will ship in two to to three weeks. We assume that gives Google time to get the Jelly Bean build on the Galaxy Nexus, which is a pure Android device.

The one being sold in the Play Store is also an unlocked GSM version, with no contract. It's priced at $349, which for an unsubsidized device, is very inexpensive, although admittedly the Galaxy Nexus is entering its 8th month of life, meaning that for many, it's already obsolete.

Still if you want pure Android - and also Google's latest developer phone - you should order it now, while it's still available. Google's claims and confidence notwithstanding, it's possible the changes they placed into the new software build for the Galaxy Nexus might not be as issue free as they believe.

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