Apple Wins in Court, Blocks U.S. Sales of the Galaxy Nexus

Apple and Samsung have been neck-at-neck in legal battles, with Apple… as Charlie Sheen would say: “winning.” Now, Apple has done perhaps the most damage it could to Google with a single Android phone by having Google’s flagship smartphone blocked from U.S. sales in the form of an officially-ruled pre-trial injunction. That phone is of course the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the latest in Google’s official phone lineup, making this not only a potentially major blow to both companies but also the future of Android.

Since this is a pre-trial injunction, Apple has to post a bond of over $95 million in the case that the damages incurred by Samsung as a result are considered a mistake during the trial. The ruling was made in a California U.S. District Court under the case of Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics.

This injunction comes on the heels of the pre-trial U.S. sales ban placed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 just days ago on the account of its infringing on iPad’s intellectual property. However, Apple has also recently seen its share of legal failures as a Chicago judge refused an injunction against the Google-owned Motorola Mobility, one of two independent public companies that Motorola split into following a $4.3 billion loss.

Sporting a 4.65″ 720p Super AMOLED display and powered by the latest hardware circa-December, the Galaxy Nexus remains Samsung as well as Google’s flagship and one of the only Android phones that supports the latest 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” version of the mobile operating system.

Following the bans on the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Nexus, Google may want to think twice about Nexus 7, its 7″ tablet frontrunner designed in partnership with Asus. As Apple continues to try to take down Android in court, this string of successes does not bode well for the open-source operating system that released over a year after the iPhone, taking after many of iOS’s designs; perhaps too many for Apple to be comfortable with.

Are the Galaxy devices too similar to iOS, especially when compared to the smartphones and tablets created by other manufacturers, or is Apple just seeing how far its legal muscle can flex? Sound off in the comments!

[via Reuters]