Last week, Google and Samsung announced that they were delaying the Android Ice Cream Sandwich and thus, the Galaxy Nexus announcement due to the passing of Steve Jobs. The event was originally scheduled to take place on October 11th, today, but has been delayed indefinitely. Well, according to Eldar Murtazin, the delay had nothing to do with Jobs at all.
Instead, it appears that it had to do with the ongoing patent war between Apple and Samsung with Murtazin saying that “Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 are under question” and “Google removing some features which are subject of patent war. No timeline for this job.”
Now, take this with a grain of salt.
This is the same guy that said that the iPhone 3GS would not be getting iOS 5 so there is definitely a chance that the intel here is wrong. But if he is indeed correct Google and Samsung will take a ton of heat and rightfully so.
I just don’t think we’ll ever know for sure.
Either way, the Galaxy Nexus wasn’t announced today and we’ll just assume that Samsung and Google’s original explanation was the real reason and that we’ll likely see the Galaxy Nexus and Android Ice Cream Sandwich sometime later this month.
Update: Surprise, surprise. It looks like a delay because of patents isn’t the case.