We can’t really blame them, but Samsung absolutely sucked the life out of the CTIA show in San Diego. For the second year in a row, they’ve disappointed us by unexpectedly cancelling their big media event with little explanation. A few other products were announced, but the talk of the show was the missing-in-action Galaxy Nexus.
There were all kinds of excuses and rumors, but only Google knows the real reason for cancelling this week’s big announcement. The latest rumors suggest that Andy Rubin will show off Ice Cream Sandwich next week in Hong Kong at AsiaD: All Things Digital, and I believe that to be true. Last year Andy surprised us with a demo of Honeycomb at an All Things Digital event, and I’m sure he wants to show off his team’s latest work when he takes the stage on October 19.
Samsung Mobile US keeps telling us that an announcement is coming “sooner than we think,” so we might find out about an American launch event at any moment. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Samsung reveals another Unpacked event in New York by the time this post hits the tubes.
I’m still puzzled as to why Google would debut the next version of Android to a Hong Kong audience one week after stiffing the US media, but it’s a good sign for those of us hoping to see the Galaxy Nexus arrive simultaneously on multiple carriers (instead of being a Verizon exclusive). An Asian debut could signal a big global launch plan, similar to what Apple has achieved with the iPhone becoming available in dozens of countries shortly after going on sale in the US.
With each passing day it seems almost impossible that this device will live up to the hype we’ve all created, but I’m still genuinely excited to see what secrets Google has been keeping from us.
At this point all we can do is wait. It would have been nice to attend a US launch event, but that doesn’t really matter in the long run. Google and Samsung will still announce the Galaxy Nexus sometime this month. It will probably go on sale in early November. And we will stand in line at Best Buy again to go pick one up.
Hopefully, this is the last time I’ll have to write “one more week to go.”