Today, October 11, marks the day we were supposed to see the unveiling of the Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately, the timing just wasn’t right. Google made a public statement four days ago, saying that they “believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’ passing.” And that was that. We all know the Nexus will be detailed soon enough, and if Google thinks the world should wait, then we should respect those wishes. Of course there are people who don’t believe this is the real reasoning behind the delay, but most have shown enough respect to keep quiet on the matter. Except one.
If you aren’t familiar with Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, you probably should be. He’s a very opinionated writer who has a history of taking rather bold stances on things. Usually, Murtazin is spot on. There are times when he has been way off, but he generally gets good insider information and he’s never afraid to share it. Today, Murtazin has made a statement on why he thinks the Nexus Prime announcement was really delayed. According to Murtazin,
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 MurtazinMobile-Review
Murtazin continues on to say that the patent issues would be with software, along with a quick mention that the Prime has a TI processor inside. No other information is known, but it would seem that Murtazin is saying it will be awhile before we get to see the next Nexus in action. But not everyone agrees.
Andrew Glass, Samsung UK’s sales director, has made a statement on the unveiling of the Nexus Prime. “You will have an announcement of the Nexus Prime very shortly and will be seeing it in shops sooner than you think,” Glass said to T3.com. And he isn’t the only one saying the Nexus will launch soon.
9to5Google claims they have information “from an impeccable source” saying Google will hand out invites to an unveiling event “in the next day or so.” Oh, and that there are no patent issues.
If Samsung UK and 9to5Google are correct, then Murtazin is wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time he has been off on a Google-related rumor, so don’t be surprised if we see the Prime sooner rather than later.