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Samsung Postpones Ice Cream Sandwich Debut

Google and Samsung cancel October 11 press conference where they were expected to introduce the Galaxy Nexus with Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung offered an official statement late Friday morning announcing its decision to postpone a press conference, which was to be held Tuesday in San Diego at the CTIA Wireless trade show.

Samsung representative Kim Titus said in an emailed statement, "Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11."

"Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product. We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course."

Neither Samsung nor Google offered any insight as to what "the current circumstances" relates to, but speculation is that the event has been delayed out of respect for the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. That's a nice sentiment, no doubt, but certainly not expected or necessary.

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Google's past Android system update presentations have taken clear shots at Apple, the iPhone, and iOS. Google's Android team enjoys having a little fun at Apple's expense when on stage. It could be that Samsung's and Google's teams felt they needed to rework portions of their presentation in order to not seem offensive. (This is pure speculation on my part.)

It could be that they just want to let the current news cycle, which continues to be dominated by Jobs' passing and the iPhone 4S announcement, play out. I would certainly understand if Google and Samsung each want more of the spotlight and attention from the tech press on them. There are certainly plenty of distractions at the moment.

Whatever the underlying reason behind the delay, it looks like we're going to have to wait to learn about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

When might the event be rescheduled? I'd look for something to land on the calendar by the end of the month.

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User Rank: Apprentice
10/7/2011 | 7:56:55 PM
re: Samsung Postpones Ice Cream Sandwich Debut
I just don't understand this. Google and Samsung are delaying the launch of the next major upgrade of Android and their new flagship phone out of respect for Steve Jobs?? How is it disrespectful to launch a product that competes with Apple's? I really think they are going way overboard on public image and exaggerated respect. Plus it is disrespectful to the hundreds of people who made plans to attend the event, and the hundreds of thousands who were anticipating the announcements therein.

It seems like all of Apple's competitors are obsessing with Steve and Apple. Apple is still alive and well. They are still the ruthless, litigating company they have been. They will not give one inch of ground to the competition. It doesn't make sense for Google and Amazon and others to link their customers to the Apple web site. If you want to honor him, put up your own picture. Write your own bio. But be fair to your customers and don't divert them to Apple's Web site.

Again, how is this product launch disrespectful to the late Steve Jobs? Has everyone forgotten Jobs' vicious jabs at Android in his keynotes? Or Apple's extremely misleading and disrespectful Mac vs PC campaign? Or Jobs' melodramatic language justifying the lawsuits ("stealing our inventions"), or his unnecessary commentary on why Adobe Flash is crap, in his opinion?

Yes, Steve was a man of great talent and achievement, and it is honorable and chivalrous for Apple's competitors to pay him respect, but we don't need to stop the world for the next month in his honor.
User Rank: Apprentice
10/7/2011 | 6:13:06 PM
re: Samsung Postpones Ice Cream Sandwich Debut
A very classy move by Google and Samsung; a fitting tribute to one of the great business and tech leaders of the last century.

Steve Jobs is truly one of a kind genius that understood the consumer before they understand themselves, RIP.
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