Important Opinions: Apple is Overstating the Value of the Unified Search Feature
As you may already be aware, Apple wants the Galaxy Nexus banned due to Apple’s assertion it infringed on their unified search patent. With the way Apple describes the situation, they’d have you believe the inclusion of a unified search-like feature in the Galaxy Nexus was stealing sales away from the iPhone. To put it bluntly, that is just plain asinine. Nobody is going to their local cell phone retailer and asking “hey, where’s that phone that has the unified search feature?”. The reality of the situation is, unified search is an extremely minor feature that most people aren’t even aware is on their phone. While Apple may place a large importance on unified search, the reality of it is, it just doesn’t matter that much. Google released an update removing the feature in question, and most people will not ever notice the difference. As a smartphone power user, I can say I don’t find the unified search feature to be all that useful, and really couldn’t care less if the feature is there or not. What Apple doesn’t want the courts to realize is, there are many other people out there just like me. We didn’t go out and buy a phone because it had a unified search feature. If a person is trying to decide between an iPhone and a Galaxy Nexus, I can assure you unified search will not be a deciding factor. Nobody is going to pick an iPhone over a Galaxy Nexus because it has unified search and the Nexus’ was removed. The feature just isn’t that important, and Apple needs to stop trying to lead the public to believe otherwise.