Nexus Prime Reveal Delayed Out of Respect for Steve Jobs
Earlier this week, Samsung teased us about a Google-related event it had planned for CTIA Fall. The product launch, scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, was widely believed to be the unveiling of the hotly anticipated Nexus Prime. However, it seems both Samsung and Google have had a change of heart and will not be revealing the newest Nexus next week.
"Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall," said in a statement. "We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced."
The statement doesn't give much of a reason for the postponing of the event, but to us, it sounds like it could be out of respect for the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. While it's possible that the rescheduling is down to issues with Ice Cream Sandwich, comments from Samsung Mobile’s director of PR in the US, Kim Titus, lead us to believe it's purely a case of timing.
"Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product," Titus said in an email to This Is My Next. "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."
We'll keep you posted and update when we hear anything about a new date.
[Update] The Next Web is reporting that the new date is October 27 and that the venue has moved from San Diego to London, England. We'll let you know if we get confirmation from Google or Samsung.
[Update2] AllThingsD reports confirmation that the delay is out of respect for Steve Jobs.
"We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing," the companies are quoted as saying.
Still no word on the date for the new event.