Fall CTIA Week is Go, Even Without the Big Ice Cream Sandwich Unveiling

Even though the Samsung/Google event has been postponed to a later date, we are still here at this year’s fall CTIA show to find out what is in store for the rest of the mobile year. The first keynote starts in about an hour and half, followed by a whole batch of meetings with some of your favorite app companies. Still no word on if Verizon plans to unveil any of their latest and greatest handsets, but if they do, we will be on it.

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Samsung and Google Postpone Galaxy Nexus CTIA Event (Updated)

 

Samsung has announced that the product launch event scheduled for CTIA this Tuesday, October 11 has been canned. Rumor has it the announcement was postponed out of respect for the late Steve Jobs, who passed away Wednesday evening.

Samsung and Google decide 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.

Update:  Kim Titus from Samsung just released a slightly longer statement:

Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11. Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product. We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course.

Update: Google released a second statement:

“We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing.”

While this is definetly sad news, it does not necessarily mean the release date has changed, just the announcement. Samsung and Google were expected to announce Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the long-awaited Galaxy Nexus, which just saw a massive leak.

In a span of ten minutes, news of the Galaxy Nexus has most likely both made and then ruined your day, lets hope the wait won’t be that long.

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

Android Youtube Channel Confirms Ice Cream Sandwich Launch Next Week

Not that any of you are surprised by this, but we now know for sure that Ice Cream Sandwich will be unveiled next week at Samsung’s Unpacked CTIA event.  The Android Developers Youtube channel was just populated with the event you are seeing above which is titled “Android ICS Launch.”  Did you need any further proof than that?  October 11 is the day folks.  And then we’ll also finally know which Nexus we will see first, so that tech sites can stop attempting to call each other out.

Cheers John (comment)!

Beautiful Galaxy Nexus Render Created from Samsung Teaser

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The Galaxy Nexus (or Nexus Prime) that made a brief appearance last night in Samsung’s teaser video for their CTIA event next week, has been polished up and presented to us in a shiny little package from one of our readers.

It’s obvious that the screen has a slight curve to it, but we are also getting a nice look at those odd dock notches on the side which are just down from Samsung’s famous side lock switch.  You can see the bottom hump that was included in the Nexus S and Galaxy SII, plus a possible camera housing on the other side of it.  The grey metallic color is a nice surprise after seeing black phone after black phone for the last year.

This phone needs to get here now.  Sexy doesn’t even do it justice.

Cheers Greyhaven7!

Nexus Prime Will Sport Tablet Docking Mode?

Last night’s Nexus-fest that started after Samsung posted a teaser to their CTIA event has already created enough talking points to take us through to next Tuesday.  The video did not give us much, but as with any teaser, folks spotted what they believe to be hidden messages like the one we are about to talk about.

The topic of the video was the idea that some things are just better when they are put together:  candles and wine, cookies and milk, newspaper and coffee, etc.  So when G+ member Joe Lancaster paused it when the new Nexus showed up, he noticed an extra shadow or outline behind it that he believes may be a tablet of some sort. His idea – that the Nexus that will be unveiled will also have the ability to be docked inside a tablet.   (more…)

Mysterious Samsung Device Up For Gaming and Entertainment Award at CTIA, Any Guesses? (Updated)

We already know that Samsung is holding another of its Unpacked events at CTIA in just a couple of weeks, but details have yet to be released.  Whatever it is though, is sure to pack some sort of gaming or big-screened-multimedia punch.  The nominees for CTIA’s “Hot for the Holidays Awards” have been announced with a mysterious and unannounced Samsung product listed under the “Gamer & Entertainment Enthusiast” category.

If you look at the other items listed, you will see two of their tablets, so this could be the 7.7″ Tab that has yet to land in the states or as a few other sites have suggested, is the Galaxy Nexus.  Rumored to have a 4.65″ HD screen (Super AMOLED HD?), you would almost think that the next Nexus would have found its way into the “Gadget Guru” category – or would that have made it too obvious?  A big HD screen on a phone does scream, “Play games on me!” though.

Then again, wouldn’t Google want to unveil the next Nexus and not Samsung?  While I would love for this to be the Ice Cream Sandwiched Verizon beast, I’m not willing to put a ton of money on that, just yet.  The good news is that we will be there to find out.

Update:  Galaxy Tab 7.7 just cruised through the FCC.  Would not be surprised if this is the device they announce.

What do you guys think? Any guesses?

Via:  CTIA, GSMArena

Cheers Jim!

Samsung Announces New Unpacked Event for October 11 at CTIA

Samsung just announced their October 11 “Unpacked” event for CTIA, which has us wondering what could be in store.  They already announced the Samsung Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 at IFA just a month ago, so what could be next?  Well, let’s think about the timing.  We know that Ice Cream Sandwich is due some time in October.  We know that there are rumors of the new Nexus device, possibly the Galaxy Nexus, that could be out by the end of October or early November.  Or maybe they will announce this other Verizon Sammie device that everyone wants to refer to as the DROID Prime, which they think will just be a SGS2 variant?  A lot of questions that we will see answered next month in person.

Thoughts? Would you rather have the Galaxy Nexus or a Verizon SGS2 variant? (That a dumb question?)