Did Samsung and Google Lie About Reason for the Galaxy Nexus Delay? (Rumor)

As many of you all know, today was supposed to be the day when we got our first real taste of Ice Cream Sandwich and the official unveiling of a new handset.  Rumored for a while as the Nexus Prime, the final name looks to be nearly confirmed as the Galaxy Nexus.  So why don’t we have a press announcement today?  According to Samsung, this wasn’t the proper time for a new smartphone announcement.

“We decided it (Oct. 11 event) was not the right time to announce a new product while the world was expressing tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing.”

Ok, sounds fair enough, and respectful, right?   According to Russian tech blogger Eldar Murtazin, that’s not exactly the truth and the real delay has a little something to do with patent issues.

“Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 are under question. Google removing some features which are subject of patent war. No timeline for this job”  – Eldar Murtazin

It’s worth noting that Eldar has a pretty solid track record when it comes to mobile stuff and has scooped the industry on more than one occasion.  He’s also been far off the mark in the past, especially when it comes to new releases of Android.  Some readers may recall Eldar’s claim that Gingerbread would have hardware requirements of 1GHz and above.  This was later proven to be incorrect.

Given that neither Samsung nor Google have responded to this claim, we have to report this as an unconfirmed rumor.

Should patents actually prove to be the reason for the delays, we would have been fine with this.  Hiding behind the veil of a different reasoning – a very sensitive reason –  we would be nothing short of severely disappointed.

We hope to get to the bottom of this in short order and will be happy to pass along what we’ve learned.

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11 Comments

  1. Dinesh Abraham
    October 11, 13:27 Reply

    Well anyone can tell anything without a proof. If he mentioned what feature he is talking about then it would make sense. And why would they cancel it in the last minute ? I am not even going to bother to visit his twitter or website, not gonna give him that one precious visit he wants !!!

  2. Anonymous
    October 11, 13:38 Reply

    “We decided it (Oct. 11 event) was not the right time to announce a new product while the world was expressing tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing.” 

    • BrianC
      October 11, 14:31 Reply

      I believe that was from a samsung exec.

  3. Benjamin Rubenstein
    October 11, 13:47 Reply

    I don’t like these kinds of rumors. Jobs was well respected by the founders of Google. There’s no way they’d disgrace his memory by using his death as a cover-up excuse for a patent issue. Imagine what the public would think if that got out. Also, just before Jobs died, they were full-fledged teasing about the launch. You can’t tell me that all of the sudden there was a patent issue. This guy, IMHO, is way off on this one.

    • _____Say What_____
      October 20, 22:41 Reply

      It’s all Business. They knew and forecasted that the attention being so strongly on Apple would cause a detriment on their open sales, they didn’t want to have news place a bad name on them for their lousy figures. Therefore, as an excuse to honor the death of one of the greatest geniuses of our time (which I’m sure they don’t care about), they simply said the lie that they said.

  4. Please Move On
    October 11, 14:11 Reply

    This isn’t news, I can’t believe you guys gave this guy his 2 seconds of fame, he doesn’t deserve it. Move on.

  5. Adontai Mason
    October 11, 15:02 Reply

    Google doesn’t seem like the type of company that would lie about something like this. Why would they? They have missed deadlines before for release dates and have been pretty open about it. That’s not to say there aren’t patent issues as well, but I’m not so sure that they would hold the release of a phone simply for patent reasons. This patent war could go on for years.

  6. Enoel69
    October 11, 22:22 Reply

    Why would they wait till a few days to the announcement b4 realizing there are patent issues that need to addressed? This is just some attempt by someone who wants to tarnish the very noble gesture by Google and Samsung to honor the passing of a technological icon who even though a rival deserved the recognition and respect the world over after his passing. It is a shame that haters will stoop this low to discredit noble intentions..at least be a man and give credit where one is due. It is also wrong to take the speculation of one guy who is the source of the wild and unsubstantiated headline on bgr to be a factual statement without any proof. Now if there was this big patent problem that might delay the launch as stated by this guy…why is it that the device will still be released on schedule…right after the funeral and Wednesday Apple day of remembrance for Steve Jobs. To those who aid and give credence to haters..in the future refrain from sensational headlines without any proof to back it up.

    • _____Say What_____
      October 20, 22:40 Reply

      It’s all Business. They knew and forecasted that the attention being so strongly on Apple would cause a detriment on their open sales, they didn’t want to have news place a bad name on them for their lousy figures. Therefore, as an excuse to honor the death of one of the greatest geniuses of our time (which I’m sure they don’t care about), they simply said the lie that they said.

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