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07 October 2011, 17:13

Google and Samsung postpone Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" event - Update

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Zoom A short YouTube video from Samsung teased the side-profile of a new device
Google and Samsung have announced that they have decided to postpone next week's "Unpacked" event at which it was expected that the next major update to Android, code-named "Ice Cream Sandwich" (ICS), would be revealed, along with a new 'Nexus' device. In a statement, the companies said: "We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product," adding that a "New date and venue will be shortly announced". No reason for the postponement was given.

The event was originally scheduled for 11 October; the two companies were reportedly planning to publicly show off Android ICS for the first time and unveil a device believed to be known as either the "Nexus Prime" or the "Galaxy Nexus". However, prior to the delay being announced, rumoured specifications for the new device, followed by a short video, were published online.

A video of the alleged Samsung Nexus Prime / Galaxy Nexus phone running Android Ice Cream Sandwich

According to a Boy Genius Report (BGR) the Samsung Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus smartphone will feature Android 4.0 ICS, a 4.65 inch 1280 x 720 AMOLED HD curved glass display, a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM. The new device is said to have 32 GB of built-in storage, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity and built-in NFC support, as well as a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.

First confirmed at this year's Google I/O developer conference, Ice Cream Sandwich will be a major update to the open source mobile operating system that will reportedly include features from the current phone version, 2.3.x "Gingerbread", and the tablet version, 3.x "Honeycomb", and will work on both large- and small-screen devices. It is expected to arrive before the end of the year alongside the new Nexus device. The company's current Nexus smartphone, the Nexus S, is expected to receive an update from 2.3.x "Gingerbread" to ICS shortly after it is announced.

Update: In an updated statement, the two companies told US media that the event has been delayed out of respect for former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away on 5 October at the age of 56, saying that they "believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs's passing".

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