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Users of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) Android are going to have to wait just a little bit longer to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android's latest iteration.

Together with Samsung, Big G was supposed to host an event on Tuesday to unveil the world's first smartphone running the newest OS. The new device is dubbed the Nexus Prime, a follow-up to the original Nexus One, manufactured by HTC, and Nexus S, also a Samsung creation. Instead, the dynamic duo has opted to postpone the event in honor of Steve Jobs, Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) co-founder, who passed away last Wednesday.

The companies said, "We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs' passing." Both companies indicated that there were no delays with the product itself but have decided that postponement was most appropriate in the wake of the death of such an iconic archrival, which has resounded throughout the world.

Separately, Samsung CEO G.S. Choi paid tribute to Jobs despite the ongoing global patent war. Choi added, "His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world." The gesture is a welcome sign of civility during an increasingly bitter legal battle.

Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 4S preorders kicked off on Friday on schedule. The Nexus Prime event has reportedly been moved to Oct. 27 in London, which could potentially crash Nokia's (NYSE: NOK  ) annual Nokia World event, where you can also expect some heavy Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) presence.

The Nexus Prime will be the second mainstream smartphone in the United States to feature near-field communications, or NFC. Google's new payment platform, Google Wallet, leverages the technology while Apple opted out this year.

Don't forget to add Google to your Watchlist to keep tabs on the Nexus Prime. And get access to a free video report on what NFC might mean for your portfolio.

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  • Report this Comment On October 09, 2011, at 6:09 PM, glennallout wrote:

    "Steve Jobs Dies, Apple Products Stop Working"

    Millions of Apple products, including iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Mac computers, suddenly stopped working on Wednesday when Apple founder Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer late that night. Apple issued a statement saying that they are working 'round the clock to devise and implement a solution, though they said it is proving difficult to devise and implement anything very successfully without their genius leader.

  • Report this Comment On October 09, 2011, at 6:28 PM, bugnuts wrote:

    BS ... Google and Samsung realized how inadequate the Nexus Prime will look next to the iPhone 4S with its Personal Assistant. I guarantee they're scrambling to steal this idea too.

  • Report this Comment On October 09, 2011, at 9:59 PM, zstix wrote:

    ^ Google voice actions came out more than a year ago...check your facts before you trash on a company that's doing the right thing.

  • Report this Comment On October 10, 2011, at 4:23 PM, manriquesoto wrote:

    So, now I have to get until the end of the month to get my prime ><

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