Samsung’s Nexus Prime October 11 Launch Scrapped

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You’ll have to wait a little longer for Samsung’s Nexus Prime. Samsung just wiped its upcoming Samsung Unveiled 2011 mega-event off the map, canceling (with Google) the widely anticipated October 11 San Diego launch of the Nexus Prime, Samsung’s Android-based smartphone running the new Gingerbread/Honeycomb hybrid, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Did it have something to do with Steve Jobs’ passing on Wednesday? Samsung’s not being specific, but yes, because what other reason would there be?

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“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall,” wrote the companies in a joint statement (via Pocket-lint). “We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product.”

Perhaps they’re just being hyper-respectful in the wake of Jobs’ death and want to give the world—it’s not every day you see someone’s death scale this globally—plenty of space to mourn. Perhaps they’re worried the event could parallel Jobs’ funeral, whenever and wherever that’s happening. Or perhaps, as Techland editor Doug Aamoth speculates, it’s just because their October 11 launch presentation took a few too many jabs at Cupertino, and they need time to rejigger things.

Whatever the case, keep your powder dry Android enthusiasts, we’ve been promised that a “new date and venue will be shortly announced.” We’ll let you know as soon as that happens.

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Matt Peckham is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @mattpeckham or on Facebook. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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