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.