This week has been full of ups and downs. It started off with the iPhone 4S. It's a definite improvement over the previous generation, but it's not what a lot of people were expecting. And then, only one day after, we witnessed the death of one of the most innovative people in the world, Steve Jobs.
Now, at the end of the week, we have learned that both Google and Samsung, out of respect for Mr. Jobs, have decided to postpone the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime.
Samsung published a blog post today about the delay of both of these products. Here's a direct quote that helps to explain what went through its mind about delaying the launch:
"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 ask for your understanding regarding any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course."
Google followed up a little later with this statement, further detailing that the delay was due to this week's tragedy:
"We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs's passing."
While there will always be OS wars and fanboyism, it's still very nice to see that companies care about their competitors. Of course, this means that we'll have to wait a little longer for the Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich, but like Samsung said: given the circumstances, I think I can stand to wait a little longer. Can you?[Samsung Tomorrow]