Samsung and Google have decided to cancel their event scheduled for next week. This was expected to be the unveiling of the Samsung Nexus Prime, the first smartphone running Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The following statement was released this morning:
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.
Google’s CEO said last month that Android ICS is on-schedule to debut in October or November. Apparently, the company decided it wasn’t close enough to being finished to put on public display at this point.
More about the Samsung Nexus Prime
All information about the Nexus Prime comes from leaks, as Samsung has yet to say anything official about this smartphone. According to these unconfirmed reports, this will be a very high-end model with a 4.65-inch, 1280×720 Touchscreen and a slim curved design. It will supposedly run the next version of the Android OS on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor made by Samsung. The device will have an 8 megapixel camera capable of taking 1080p video.
This handset will allegedly be a Verizon exclusive, at least at launch, and will support this carrier’s 4G LTE network.
Preview of Android OS ICS
The major goal of the next version of Google’s mobile operating system — which might or might not be called Android OS 4.0 — is to reunite the two editions that exist now. The first versions of this OS were intended for smartphones, but Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) was designed only to run on tablets. The upcoming version, with its unwieldy code-name, will change that. Many of the design elements currently in Honeycomb will be brought to smartphones, after being tweaked to run on smaller displays.
For example, images that have leaked out of the Nexus Prime show that it will have no physical buttons on its front. Instead, the Back, Home, and Menu buttons will be on-screen. This is a feature of Honeycomb tablets that’s moving to smartphones.