Samsung Cancels CTIA Event: “Ice Cream Sandwich” Not Yet Ready?

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In a just released note, Samsung’s director of PR, Kim Titus, stated that Samsung has postponed its Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during CTIA, writing, “Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product.”

The event was originally slated for Tuesday, October 11. Speculation strongly suggested that Samsung would unveil a new smartphone dubbed the Galaxy Nexus, and it would be the first handheld running the next version of Android codenamed “Ice Cream Sandwich”. This new version of Google’s operating system will combine the most recent smartphone and tablet versions of the OS, Gingerbread and Honeycomb, respectively.

While no rumors indicated a tablet announcement, the software had obvious tablet implications, as it is expected to appear in the next generation of Android tablets.

In the Titus email, she refers to “both parties,” but makes no mention of the other party directly. It could be Google and/or Verizon, as previous reports suggested the smartphone would be a Verizon exclusive. However, it’s probably Google as it was listed on the original invitation. Titus also did not reveal any specific reasons for the delay.

It could be the case that the new phone or Ice Cream Sandwich are not yet ready for public display. However, Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Samsung over it’s Android smartphones and tablets could also be a consideration.

Titus concluded her note, stating, “We will announce a new date and venue in due course.” Google’s Eric Schmidt previously promised Ice Cream Sandwich would ship by November of this year.

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