Are Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Nexus Prime delayed due to an Apple patent dispute?

Are Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Nexus Prime delayed due to an Apple patent dispute?
Now, here’s a possibility presented by Russian analyst Eldar Murtazin - Samsung and Google didn’t postpone their October 11th event because of Steve Jobs, but they rather did so because of the patent war with Apple. More so, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Nexus Prime are now “under question” and Google is actively removing features, which could have something to do with Apple patents. And finally, the search giant itself doesn’t have an exact timeline for all of this, so the rumored October 27th Samsung event might not be for ICS or the Nexus Prime, or might be pushed even further.

Long-time Nokia insider Eldar Murtazin has a mixed track record when speaking about Apple. Should you trust it? Possibly, but Murtazin doesn’t even hint at what is the source of the information, so we’d take it with a grain of salt.

Initially, Apple sued Samsung for “slavishly copying” its products. The lawsuit was filed about handsets, but the software Samsung employs was also touched on as in its TouchWiz Android skin Samsung has allegedly also copied Apple down to minor details like the angle at which the phone handle on the phone app is pictured. Is Apple looking to sue Android as a whole now? That’s what Murtazin’s tweet might suggest, but it’s up to you to weigh in with your opinion in the comments below.


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52 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

apple wouldn't dare sue android directly. if it loses, and it probably would, every other case it has is in jeopardy. If they tried, google would just pull out its fat new patent portfolio and counter sue them into stalemate or worse. this is just another baseless rumor. They didnt get the whole way to a week before the big show and then go "oops", they would have known that months ago.

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

remixfa this is completely of topic, but if you haven't read this I thought you might like this. Check this out, I know you can appreciate this it has some great information: http://androidandme.com/2011/10/news/qualcomm-demos-28nm-krait-expects-to-dominate-android-devices-in-2012/

10. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Cool, thanks for sharing that!

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey no problem, because of remixfa & Thump3rDX17 I have learned a lot on processors, also we are all into this stuff.

13. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Oh thats cool, yea its the processor that powers the phone, so the processor is pretty important and it's cool to look at this stuff and imagine what the future phones holding these processors will be like.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is what I am saying in the future your phone will be able to do everything, including making breakfast for you! lol

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol yes, thats good news. It SHOULD put it on par.. or at least close to on par with Exynos 4212. My only concern with Krait is that they are doing a total redesign to catch up to the power that samsung has simply by shrinking and mostly keeping the same design. Of course, that concern is also reason for applause, as we all know, I'm not a fan of the current snapdragon chipset line. It definately has its positives. the A15 designs are where the real money is at. If you have a dual core now, that is definately the next minimum that you should wait for. At least we know 2012 wont be a slow year between dual core 28nm processors, kal- el, and the move to A15 designs. Now we just need a more reliable benchmarking system! :)

21. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Yeah, next year will be a good year...

7. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Google > Apple I laughed at the fat new patent portfolio part. I wish that would happen. Apple digs it's own grave.

26. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Count me in the highly suspicious of Murtazin's claim group. In the U.S., it is almost impossible to get a sales ban until there is a final ajudication, which hasn't happened in any of the recent patent lawsuits. I think the reason for a re-scheduled release is to suck the oxygen away from the Nokia/SO7 release - look at the date and location of the two releases....

40. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

"You will have an announcement of the NexusPrime very shortly and will be seeing it in shops sooner than you think" This was from Samsung UK today. Why people listen to these dumbass analyst is beyond me.

45. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

This coming from the village idiot. Recall how remixfa tried to prove someone wrong and quoted a website as a reference. However, remixfa failed to read what the website wrote, and in the process, remixfa embarassed himself again. What was worse was when remixfa's error(s) were pointed out to him, remixfa made the situation worse by digging a deeper hole and continued to exhibit a behavior of being a petty sore loser. I really wish remixfa, the village idiot, would stop talking out of his ass! The funny part is how remixfa made it personal and now accuses the other party of that fact. Simply unbelievable.

2. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

i have to agree, not to mention how iOS 5 all of a sudden gets something like drop down notifications

3. Galen20K

Posts: 572; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

such bull if its true.

4. android_hitman unregistered

i am starting to have enough of this eldar murtazin iKnow everything crap!

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

iDoubtit

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I agree this is just some more National Enquirer type stuff. Just silly rumors, Apple would not dare mess with Google!

47. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Oracle took on Google and guess what, Oracle won. That's not to mention how the Justice Department has taken on Google as well and Google disclosed it had to take a $500 million charge. Google is not exactly without sin like the Virgin Mary.

49. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oracle hasn't won yet. That's still being dragged out, and Oracle has been less than honest about the use of the software in question. The former head of Sun Microsystems had a blog post where he PRAISED Google for using the Java code in question, and has since supported Google unequivocally. Oracle deleted that blog post, forgetting that things such as caches exist. If Sun had cared about the use of its code in Android beyond being happy that Java was still relevant then they would've taken Google to court long before Oracle bought them out.

53. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

ardent1 you are so wrong, Google has not lost to Oracle. That is still ongoing. Also Google had an agreement with Sun first, then Sun was bought by Oracle & now Oracle has the beef with Google. So you are 100% wrong. No company is perfect, anyone knows that, but Apple would not dare hit up Google. You know what would happen to Apple if Google services where taken out of the iPhone? Let's just say it would not be good for Apple. People depend on Google services, not on Apple. Thus Androids #1 smartphone OS status!

8. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Damnit apple, stop playing with Samsung's devices! What other way are they identifying details such as "the angle at which the phone handle on the phone app is pictured".

11. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Google, Samsung - reschedule the event here, in the US, and soon. Put this baseless rumor to bed. That is all.

14. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

I really hope Mr. Murtazin is wrong. I hope Apple concentrates on innovation rather than litigation. Judging by the news of their current sales it doesn't seem like they need any help from the courts. Plus, it sounds logical that Google and Samsung wait until the initial 4S hype fades, so that they can create a new hype with ICS and Nexus Prime.

16. Mad Iguana unregistered

Although Eldar's accuracy has been questionable of late, he's been pretty close with Samsung ever since he "fell out" with Nokia. So I'd say there's a reasonable chance of this being accurate.

18. iApple unregistered

No way !!! Apple would never do that, they have always believed in motivating innovation and healthy competition.

38. vzdubnX

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

ahahahahhh... right

20. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

all rumours as usual...journalist just looking for alternate reasons without any solid evidence lol

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I personality doubt it. google could just have avoided using a release date and build up hype if they needed time to Work Things around and not waited for a final version before doing that

25. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

If this is true I'll be happy. Marketing tactics FTW. I can deal with waiting a week or 2 just to make sure more people get a Nexus than an iPhone.

23. THE_GAME5

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Holy s**t !!! earlier Jobs proved a pain in the a** for oher companies ....... now his ghost is stalking them......lol

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