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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Steve Jobs' death: Google, Samsung delay launches

Google, Samsung delay product launches citing Steve Jobs' death.

SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co delayed a new product introduction scheduled for an October 11 trade show after the death of Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs.

Samsung sent out invitations last month announcing an event in San Diego that would include a look at what's new for Google's Android, a software used on mobile phones. The decision was not related to technical problems, said Kim Titus, a spokesman for Samsung Electronics, based in Suwon, South Korea.

Jobs, who oversaw development of the Apple Inc iPhone, died earlier this week.

"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 in a telephone interview. "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." Samsung hasn't disclosed the name of the product, Titus said.

Google's Android is the world's most popular smartphone software and is used by device makers such as Samsung, HTC Corp and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. Research firm IDC estimates that the number of smartphones sold will double to 1 billion by 2015. While Apple is the single biggest device maker, the Android coalition leads the market, accounting for 41.7 per cent.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, closed up less than one percent to $515.12 in New York trading. Samsung's shares rose 0.6 per cent yesterday to 860,000 won at the close of Seoul trading.

At a developers' conference in May, Google discussed the next version of Android, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich. The version was set to be available to partners sometime this year.


Admin said...

I have written a big tribute to the late steve jobs, "Remembering Steve Jobs – The Man, The Entrepreneur, The Maverick". That contributed alot to our society. hope that he may rest in peace.

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