On Friday evening, June 8, Apple and Samsung filed a joint proposal in which Samsung will attempt to demonstrate by Tuesday, June 12 that the Galaxy S III is different enough from the Galaxy Nexus to prevent it from being added to Apple’s existing request for a preliminary injunction against Google’s showcase device. Samsung also agreed to "make its best efforts to produce the source code implemented on the Samsung Galaxy S III relating to the accused features by no later than Thursday, June 14, 2012"
U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh had instructed both parties on Thursday to make a joint submission Friday regarding the alleged differences between the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S III with respect to two features that allegedly infringe on Apple’s patents: Siri and “data tapping.” Samsung will have to demonstrate that its Galaxy S III is “more than colorably different” from its Galaxy Nexus so that Apple’s complaints against the Nexus device could not be amended to include the S III. If Samsung fails to prove a significant difference between its two devices, Apple can add the Galaxy S III to its motion for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, thus potentially banning imports of the S III and delaying its scheduled U.S. launch on June 21.
As I mentioned in my previous article, “data tapping” refers to your phone recognizing certain texts as addresses, phone numbers, email links, and/or URLs and giving you options when you tap on these texts, such as opening your email client, adding an address or phone number to your contacts list, etc. Apple also accused Samsung of infringing upon its patent for “unified search,” upon which Siri (and allegedly Samsung’s S-Voice) is based.
While it’s obvious that the Galaxy Nexus does not feature Samsung’s S-Voice app out of the box, Apple contends that the underlying unified search technology is present in the Nexus, which would make porting the voice assistant to the Nexus device relatively easy. While the intrepid power users of Rootzwiki have successfully installed S-Voice on the Galaxy Nexus, they have also done so on the Vibrant, various LG and HTC devices, and on tablets, which are obviously quite different from the Galaxy Nexus.