Google, Samsung Delay “Unpacked” Android Event Out Of Respect For Steve Jobs

Samsung and Google were set to unveil the next Android “flagship,” the anticipated Nexus Prime, at an event next week in San Diego called “Samsung Mobile Unpacked.” It coincides with the CTIA wireless trade show, which has been moved from San Francisco to San Diego to protest a mobile phone radiation labeling requirement passed by the SF County Board of Supervisors.

The Nexus Prime will apparently have a 4.65-inch diagonal display, dual core CPU and run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It will also be exclusive to Verizon according to rumor and speculative reports.

A statement issued earlier today by Samsung and Google implied that Steve Jobs’ death is the reason for the postponement of the official launch:

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.

Later Google confirmed that Jobs’ death was the reason in a statement to Business Insider:

We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing.

Here’s a video that purports to show the Nexus Prime, running the next iteration of Android (“Ice Cream Sandwich”):

Related Topics: Channel: Mobile | Google: Mobile


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