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    Samsung, the biggest rival to Apple in the smartphone business and which is involved in a number of bitter courtroom battles with the US company, has abruptly postponed its scheduled launch of a new top-end phone next Tuesday.

    The apparent motive was not to be seen to intrude on the reactions around the death of Apple's co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs, whose death was announced late on Wednesday at his California home.

    The South Korean company, which said on Friday morning that it expects smartphones to be the main profit engine of its business, had been expected to launch its new Nexus Prime phone, running the latest version of Google's Android software – numbered 4.0, and dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich" – on Tuesday at the CTIA trade show.

    But in a curt statement on Friday afternoon, it said: "Samsung and Google decided to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced."
    Samsung Nexus Prime smartphone launch on hold

    Whatever the reason, this is going to hold up our Touchpad ICS ports!
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    Google did come out and clarify that it was done due to Jobs' demise.

    Was it a classy move or a little too aggrandizing, I'm still undecided. One thing is certain though, with all the drama that’s occurred over the last week or so, the google release will have more attention put on it, even with the postponement, than it normally would have.

    -Suntan

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