[ Update 2011-10-13: New information has been provided regarding the new date of the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 event originally intended for this week at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications conference. The post has been updated accordingly. ]
[ Update 2011-10-11: We've heard chatter of a precise expected release date for the famed Nexus Prime. This article, originally published on October 7, has been updated to reflect the new information. ]
Samsung and Google did promise to only postpone (not completely cancel) their joint product announcement of “something big”–presumed by most folks to be the Nexus Prime, whose likely name would be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The two companies are reportedly heading to Asia for their biggest announcement of the year–in Hong Kong on October 19.
An unnamed tipster informed Engadget of the rescheduled date for the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 event, which will coincide with the AsiaD: All Things Digital conference running from October 19 to October 21. Android’s father, Andy Rubin, is said to be participating at the AsiaD conference.
Meanwhile, a tipster alleged to be working for Verizon has told an Android Forums moderator in private conversation that the Nexus Prime will definitely be released on November 3. The release date seems to be still in line with Google’s earlier pronouncements of an October/November launch for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with the new Nexus being released shortly after a few weeks.
The source is reportedly not a beta tester for the Nexus Prime but has had her/his hands on the actual device itself. And, although the source has not played with either the HTC Vigor or the Motorola DROID RAZR (Motorola DROID HD), the source often swaps notes with colleagues who have handled the said devices.
The source also had a mouthful of things to say not just about the Nexus Prime but also about Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Motorola DROID RAZR, the Motorola DROID Bionic, and Verizon’s real feelings towards the latter:
The idea I’m getting from official testers is that the screen and user experience is much better in the Nexus device, and the overall advantage is the presence of Ice Cream Sandwich (I’ve personally noted this to be true). But I’ve also been told by those who have tested it that the RAZR is very fast, smooth, and has a great battery life. The screen, although not quite up to Nexus, is a big improvement over the Bionic for those who didn’t like it. Verizon is very, very excited for both devices. I don’t get the feeling they’re “siding” with one over the other, but I can tell you that they never had a lot of confidence in the Bionic having a lot of staying power. Their decision to release the Bionic as is was more of a contractual obligation than a real belief in the product. They are much more invested in the RAZR.
Samsung was supposed to launch “something big” in a “Google Episode” of its Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 event at the CTIA 2011 conference this week, in which the Nexus Prime was expected to be unveiled together with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
However, Samsung sent out word late last week announcing that the product announcement scheduled for October 11 at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2011 conference in San Diego, California, had been canceled.
Google and Samsung issued a joint announcement that said:
Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.
Neither company provided further details about the postponement, or when and where the rescheduled product announcement will be held.
Pocket-lint believes that the postponement may have something to do with the death of industry rival Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple. It would be insensitive for Samsung and Google to make merriment if Jobs’s funeral is to be held at around the same time as the Nexus Prime’s launch, said Pocket-lint.
We’ll surely hear soon enough from Samsung and/or Google about further official details regarding their unpacking of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime.