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Google, Samsung delay Ice Cream Sandwich operating system launch

October 7, 2011 | 12:42 pm

Getprev Google delayed the expected launch of a new version of its Android operating system, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest in a series of operating systems named after sweets, was anticipated to combine previous smartphone and tablet versions, known as Gingerbread and Honeycomb, into a cohesive whole.

But the Samsung Mobile Unwrapped event scheduled Oct. 11 by Google and partner Samsung at the CTIA show in San Diego, where the Ice Cream Sandwich and a new Samsung phone running on the operating system were expected to be unveiled, has been canceled.

Why? Out of respect for the death of Steve Jobs, a Google spokesperson told tech site PCWorld.

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall," the companies said in a joint statement. "We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced."

Rumors have been rampant about the Ice Cream Sandwich -- an EBay shopper reportedly bought a Sandwich Nexus S device recently that was already running the OS, and leaked video to tech site Engadget. Among the possible new features: a lockscreen feature using facial recognition, more multitasking and resizable widgets.


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Credit: Google Ice Cream Sandwich graphic. Credit: Google