Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime) unveiling and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich launch delayed
Well, color us surprised. Reports have flooded the blogosphere over the past hour or so that Samsung’s Unpacked event which was scheduled for this Tuesday, October 11, during CTIA, was pushed back. This, if you don’t know, was a joint event which was going to be held by Samsung and Google and during which it was widely expected that the two companies would unveil the latest version of Android, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (or Google Nexus Prime) smartphone.
The Galaxy Nexus (or Nexus Prime, but we’ll stick to one rumored name from now on) is going to be the next device in Google’s Nexus line of “pure Android” handsets, and to say it was anxiously anticipated would be a huge understatement. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be the version of Google’s mobile operating system that reunites its tablet-focused fork (right now represented by Android 3.x Honeycomb) with its phone-oriented version (currently Android 2.3 Gingerbread).
Just hours ago we saw what purportedly is the first video featuring the Galaxy Nexus, alongside many pictures, and over the past few days there have been at least a couple of leaks regarding this device each day (and the leaks have been going on for months prior). So it’s pretty sad to have to convey to you this statement from Samsung and Google:
“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”
This apparently may have something to do with Steve Jobs passing away. Samsung and Google may have decided not to create that much buzz over new mobile stuff (and possibly mock Apple during their event) so soon after Jobs’ death. Now that is especially decent coming from two companies which are probably the biggest competitors to Apple right now.
But, on the other hand, for the mobile fan or watcher (or Android fanboy) this is bound to be a huge disappointment. We can only hope that Samsung and Google announce the new date and venue very soon, so that this isn’t going to turn into an actual product launch delay (as opposed to an announcement delay which is what it is right now – at least we haven’t got any indication yet that it’s otherwise). Naturally, we’ll keep you posted.