FORTUNE -- Last Wednesday, Google (GOOG) gave the 6,000 developers attending its annual I/O conference free copies of the Galaxy Nexus -- a touchscreen smartphone jointly developed by Google and Samsung.
Three days later, a federal judge granted Apple (AAPL) a preliminary injunction against the same device, ruling that Cupertino's lawyers had made a persuasive case that the phone infringed at least one Apple patent and possibly three more.
As a result, Google has had to remove the Galaxy Nexus from its online store -- replacing the IN STOCK notice with one reading COMING SOON -- an odd message for a device that customers have been buying since November 2011.
Meanwhile, Google says it has developed a software patch to get around the contended patents, according to All Things Digital's Ina Fried, and plans to push it out "imminently."
Samsung's "buzz score" has overtaken Apple's in a key demographic, says YouGov
The chart at right says it all.
Starting around Nov. 28 -- six days after Samsung began airing its Galaxy Nexus ads mocking Apple's (AAPL) customer base (see here) -- the Korean conglomerate's "buzz" started rising and the iPhone's drifting down.
And on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by YouGov, something unthinkable happened:
"Samsung has just edged past the iPhone MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 14, 2011 1:11 PM ET
The ad wars heat up as Samsung attacks Apple with the most effective weapon: humor
Samsung has certainly stepped up its marketing game in advance of the 2011 holiday selling season.
Last week it was a TV ad for the new Galaxy Nexus -- due to arrive in the U.S. in December -- that had the look and feel of an iPhone spot. (See: What Google learned from Apple.)
This week it's an ad MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 23, 2011 6:49 AM ET
The Galaxy Nexus "Calling all pretty faces" is an homage to Apple in more ways than one
Android marketing has come a long way from the 2009 TV ad for Motorola's Droid that asked:
"Should a phone be pretty?"
Judging from the spot that debuted Thursday for the Galaxy Nexus -- the new Android smartphone manufactured by Samsung for Google -- Google's (GOOG) answer in 2011 is an emphatic "yes!"
The ad -- like MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 20, 2011 7:05 AM ET
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* Hot on the heels of the Kindle Fire's launch comes speculation from Citigroup researchers that Amazon (AMZN) will launch a smartphone during the fourth quarter of next year. "Based on our supply chain check, we believe FIH is now jointly developing the phone with Amazon," writes Citi analyst MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 18, 2011 3:30 AM ET
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