Apple sought a preliminary injunction against sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone powered by Google's Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") operating system, citing four new patents, part of a federal lawsuit that involves more patent claims.
AppleInsider reported the new lawsuit against Google's flagship smartphone, referencing details outlined by industry consultant Florian Mueller in his FOSS Patents blog:
The latest suit by Apple, brought in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, targets the Galaxy Nexus, and parallels a separate complaint filed last fall, but differs significantly; the model Apple has asserted against in this case showcases the latest version of Android 4.0 software (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich), and is the official Google-led design that features a stock install of Android, without layers of vendor-specific software that could differentiate other devices marketed by Samsung, Motorola or HTC.
The four patents in Apple's latest complaint were recently obtained, are based upon specific technical features rather than general software design and are key to the model's touted improvements: spelling auto-correction of touchscreen text entries, screen unlocking by facial recognition and unified search.
In this patent infringement case, which could be ruled upon in a few to several months, Apple is aiming directly at Google's primary rollout vehicle for the Android 4.0 mobile operating system, intending to damage Samsung, its rival Google's most successful and profitable partner.
According to AppleInsider, succeeding in taking a bite out of the Galaxy Nexus feature set could cost Google and Samsung a big chunk of the potential profits to be earned through the Galaxy Nexus and other high-end devices built on the Android platform.
Digital Journal reported in January and early February on other developments in the ongoing Google versus Apple mobile technology rivalry.