Apple Inc.'s biggest rivals Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. have delayed scheduled launch of their Android smartphone as a mark of respect following death of Apple's Co-Founder Steve Jobs.
Just last month the two tech firms had sent out invitations for launch of their upcoming high-end phone, alternatively called Galaxy Nexus or Nexus Prime, on Oct. 11 at the CTIA show in San Diego.
Even Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich was expected to be unveiled the same day.
"We decided it was not the right time to announce a new product while the world was expressing tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing." --Kim Titus, a spokesman for Samsung to BusinessWeek
'Not the right time'
However, Thursday night, a day after Jobs' demise, Samsung released a statement that it was delaying the event.
It read, “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.”
Though in its official statement the South Korean electronics giant didn't mention reason for delay, Kim Titus, a spokesman for Samsung, told BusinessWeek that it was because to Jobs' death.
“We decided it was not the right time to announce a new product while the world was expressing tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing,” Titus said.
“The industry has never lost such an iconic figure. Obviously we were well down the path but decided this was the right thing to do.”
Google, Samsung praise Jobs
Both Google and Samsung executives expressed sadness over death of Jobs, who Wednesday night lost his battle against pancreatic cancer.
Paying tribute to Jobs, Samsung Executive G.S. Choi, said, “His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world."
Meanwhile, Google CEO Larry Page posted on Google+, “I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance.”
Page also revealed that Jobs offered him advice when he took over as the CEO of Google from Eric Schmidt.