A patch update for the Galaxy Nexus may be rolling out as early as tonight. One issue? The search feature used to make web queries as well as search for items and applications on your Android phone infringes on Apple’s “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system” patent. Google will now have to disable most of the functionality of the search feature allowing it to only make web queries, while Google continues to appeal the ruling.
Expect an over-the-air (OTA) update on your Galaxy Nexus as early as tonight, but I would hardly recommend installing it. The update seems to only include patches to disable features rather than add to them. So as the recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, that initially banned the sale of the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. this week, continues to permeate. Apple’s lawsuits have moved from a nuisance to a stalemate for Android.
Upon the patch update, look for the Galaxy Nexus to return to the Google Play store next week as reported from The Verge. My recommendation is to hold off on installing the patch update and wait until further notice. These are strange times, as Apple is the one attacking Google for patent infringement on search.