The Google/Samsung Nexus Prime could make its debut next week, reports suggest, after the tech giants opted to delay its launch in the wake of Steve Jobs’s death.
Samsung had been expected to showcase the third Google-branded smartie, which it is manufacturing on Google's behalf, on October 13th at the CTIA expo’s Samsung Unpacked event.
However, with days remaining before its due date, the two companies announced they would not be announcing any new hardware at the beano after all.
No official reason was given for the move, other than that it was felt that “now is just not the right time to launch a new product”. It’s thought that this was an allusion to the sector’s downbeat mood as it reacted to news that Apple founder Jobs had lost his long-running battle with cancer.
In the meantime, we’ve heard nothing official about a rescheduled launch date for the Nexus Prime. But if Engadget is to believed, the phone could be making an appearance on October 19th.
According to a source cited by the tech types, the Ice Cream Sandwich-toting smartphone will be unwrapped at the Asia D: All Things Digital event in Hong Kong on October 19th, which, not entirely coincidently, will be marked by an appearance from Android main man Andy Rubin.
Google and Samsung’s silence over the cause of the delay prompted a welter of speculation from technology sites, with one influential analyst claiming the Nexus Prime had been postponed due to the need for last-minute interface revisions.
According to off-the-cuff tweets from Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review, the changes were needed so that Samsung could avoid becoming further embroiled in a legal spat with Apple over the extent to which its Galaxy range have been ‘inspired’ by iKit.