Of course this was just a matter of time, before we saw the Jelly Bean update for the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus roll out. As you may already know the Galaxy Nexus was banned from the Play Store due to a patent infringement lawsuit Apple brought against Samsung thanks to our lovely patent system, which granted Apple a patent for a Universal Search feature on a smartphone.
Samsung and Google swiftly took action and said it would patch the infringing feature and issue an update for the device. Instead now they have decided to release the update for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean due to the fact that Google says the Google Now feature which is a major enhancement update to Google Search should not infringe on Apple’s Universal Search patent.
The Verge which originally reported on this, had a question which is somewhat confusing to me. The question was to ask Google if the update to Jelly Bean would include any changes to the Unified Search function for Google Search in the Jelly Bean update, Google of course replied and said that they did not make any changes to the search functionality.
Now from what I understand about the latest version of Google Search, which is changed to Google Now. Google claims the new feature should not infringe on the Apple’s patent, so does that mean that Google Now will only be strictly a web results Siri like feature or will we be able to search for calendar events and appointments within our phone?? I am not too sure but Google says they are going to fight the patent cases and ask the judge to reverse the patent since the Universal Search functionality has been around for decades on PC’s and should be a standard feature on smartphones.