Eldar Murtazin, the Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review.com, has come forward and made bold claims that the reason why the highly anticipated Samsung/Google ICS event was canceled was a result of patent wars, not out of respect for Jobs passing away. Today, at CTIA, Google was supposed to unveil their latest and greatest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich jointly with Samsung’s Nexus Prime device. According to Mertazin:
“Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 are under question“
Murtazin claims that Google requires the removal of certain features which are subject to patent war and that there is “no timeline for this job“. This could go either way if you ask me and there is really no ultimate way to verify the claim, of course. So, we’ll see how things pan out as we anticipate the next opportunity/event Google and Samsung will spill the beans on the device and the OS. One would think if Google did infringe on some patent, all that would be required is a simple firmware update (ie. Android 2.3.5 which changes the scrolling mechanism) What are your thoughts on the matter? Feel free to fire away in the comments below.
According to the folks over 9to5Google, Eldar is mistaken and thanks to a highly trusted source, Google plans to hand out invites “in the next day or so and there is no patent delay“
And according to T3.com, shortly after crowning the Galaxy S II as Phone of the year, Samsung’s Andrew Glass, a sales director had this to say:
“You will have an announcement of the Nexus Prime very shortly and will be seeing it in shops sooner than you think“.