Google and Samsung’s last-minute decision to postpone the release of the Nexus Prime smartphone is due to the ongoing legal spat with Apple, it has been claimed.
The Google Nexus Prime, which Samsung is manufacturing on Google’s behalf and will debut the new Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system, was expected to be launched at the Samsung Unpacked event at CTIA today.
However, with days to go, the two companies revealed that they had scrapped plans to release a new device at the showcase. The official reason for the decision was that it was out of respect for recently deceased Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Not so, according to loose-lipped mobile maven Eldar Murtazin, who made his name breaking some major telecomms news stories months before other tech sites got hold of them.
In a Twitter update, Murtazin claims that the delay to the phone's release is due to Google making changes to its operating system in light of Apple’s legal claims that Samsung’s Android-powered phones and tablets ‘slavishly copy' the interface of the iPad and iPhone.
He tweeted: “Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 [Ice Cream Sandwich] are under question. Google removing some features which are subject of patent war. No timeline for this job.”
The “no timeline” bit is the really worrying thing here – suggesting that the amendments required could mean that the Nexus Prime will be subject to a lengthy delay.
Until we hear anything official from Google, we can only hope that Murtazin, whose record in reading the tech runes can be mixed, is wrong this time. Although, for what it’s worth, a delay for the reasons he claims sounds only too plausible to us.