The Google Nexus Prime will not be making its debut next week, after the search giant Google and its manufacturing partner Samsung opted to delay its launch.
Arguably the year’s second-most anticipated smartphone, the Google Nexus Prime will showcase the brand new Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android and had been expected to land at the Samsung Unpacked event at next week’s CTIA tech showcase.
This had yet to be officially confirmed, but heavy hints in teaser advertising made it abundantly apparent to tech watchers that the phone would be unveiled on October 11th.
However, in a statement issued today it was announced that the companies won't be unwrapping any new devices at CTIA after all, dashing the hopes of Fandroids everywhere.
No specific reason was given for the move, other than that the two companies feeL that now "is just not the right time to announce a new product”. Whether that’s an allusion to the strange, sombre mood in the tech sector following the death of Apple’s Steve Jobs is something you’ll have to decide for yourself.
A new due date for the Nexus Prime, which teams slate-style screen dimensions with the kind of high-end specs you’d expect on a flagship Android smartphone, is expected to be confirmed presently.
Perhaps the most notable thing about the new Android challenger is that it is the debut phone to be powered by Ice Cream Sandwich – a version of Android that fuses the best features from the Honeycomb tablet iteration of the platform with the pick of what's offered by the current Gingerbread edition for smartphones.