Nexus Prime unveil may be October 27th in the UK

Nexus Prime unveil may be October 27th in the UK
The Android world let out a collective WTF today when Google and Samsung announced that they had come to a decision that it isn't "the right time to announce a new product". Rumor has it that the "right time" will now be rescheduled to October 27th. 

The speculation has been that Google and Samsung delayed the event to pay respect to Steve Jobs, who passed away on Wednesday. So, the reschedule will put the event, which is expected to unveil both the Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), after both the release of iOS 5 on October 12th and the release of the iPhone 4S on October 14th. The Next Web is claiming that it has received word that the Google/Samsung event has been rescheduled for October 27th at an event in London. The 27th had been the rumored date of the Nexus Prime's release on Verizon, where it will likely be branded either the Samsung Galaxy Prime or the DROID Prime. 

It may not make much sense for Google to release the phone the same day as the announcement, but we're hoping that is the plan, because Verizon is said to have an exclusive window on the Nexus Prime and ICS. Some sources have claimed it is a full exclusive, but we have no reason to believe that. It seems far more likely that Verizon will have a timed exclusive of about a month, which would mean that other carriers wouldn't see the Nexus Prime until around December at this point. 

Update: Pocket-lint is claiming that its sources have said that October 27th will not be the date for the Nexus Prime/ICS event. There may be a Samsung event that day, but Pocket-lint is certain it won't be the rescheduled UNPACKED event. Of course, no one is releasing sources, so at this point it's unconfirmed rumors on from both Pocket-lint and The Next Web. TNW has not changed its story.

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24 Comments

1. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Would it be unprecedented for a major phone to be available for purchase the same day it's announced? Even Apple isn't doing that.

22. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

Well I've seen price drops effective the moment it was announced, but that's different..

2. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

i may be wrong but that hasnt happend since flip phones... the moto razr i think was in stores the same day as announcement

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Depending on the time of day, they could announce it in London before dawn on the East Coast and still have it available on Verizon same day. Wishful thinking, of course.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Your dream about having the device released the same day it gets announced might become true.

3. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

this also might push back the date to sell the device maybe by a few days. i guess we will all have to wait and see. its down to this and the htc vigor for me. and the depends on how they run in my hands and how they feel in my pocket. just my opinion. most likely going to be rooted anyway at somepoint. I really wish that we could root these devices and keep our warranties that would be really really nice. maybe add in some stipulation on what we can do with roots. we all over clock im sure when we root. but maybe instead of saying no overclocking, say that we can go from this range to that range and not push beyond.. what ever. anywho got off subject I think that this phones going to be great. just like the many others. it sucks that the iphone 4s is what it is. I love android but respect the idevices. I never understood why they made the i3 then the i3gs now the i4 and i4s (love that they excluded the G) i believe this phone will be up there with other great high ends like the vigor and the what the i5 will be and the droid razr. what does everyone else think?

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I was all over the Vigor, figured it was the right size, right look, UI, display, etc. But we haven't seen a solid release date, and when I looked at some leaked photos that weren't posted on PA the phone looks just as thick as the Thunderbolt. It's going to come down to feel in the hand/pocket for me too, but being an AMOLED fan, seeing that thin curved screen and overall size of the phone I'm definitely leaning toward the Prime. Thought the Vigor would beat it to market but it's not looking that way now.

7. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

You missed a bit Phone Arena. There is another event happening that same day, in London. It's Day 2 of Nokia World, when Nokia is to announce it's Windows Phone devices. The timing of this may be coincidental, but moving the event to London makes me suspicious that this is to make sure Nokia Windows Phone isn't the big show in town and that the media is drawn from there to Samsung's event instead. Granted, nokia's big announcements wil likely be on the day before, but it still comes of as stealing Nokia's thunder and ensuring the tech community are talking android again, even while Nokia's event is still going on.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Sounds like crafty business strategy to me. Google/Samsung couldn't steal Apple's thunder, so they'll steal Nokia/MS's instead.

14. deV14nt unregistered

What thunder? Was more like rain.

9. nicodek unregistered

Droid-life is reporting that PCMag’s Sascha Segan confirmed with Samsung PR that there will not be an October 27 event in London.http://www.droid-life.com/2011/10/07/google-and-samsung-choose-october-27-for-ice-cream-sandwich-event-in-london/

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I agree with their assessment. Setting aside how well Android phones sell in Europe...It would make little sense for Google, a huge US company, to introduce a product as huge as ICS overseas where it's far less convenient for our reporters. Add in that it's supposed to begin as a Verizon exclusive and the idea makes no sense at all. Hoping an Oct. 27 launch is still in the cards though.

11. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Hoping before Oct 27th launch. Wishful thinking but I want this damn thing right now.

12. tharag

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

27oct as rumored date has already been cancelled by other sites ..... do some research before posting ...

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Thanks for the tip. I edited the post. Next time, maybe add a link?

15. tharag

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

i appriciate you guys(phone arena) for your quick response...

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

no worries. thanks for the help.

16. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

saw the saddest thing today, walked by an apple store in the mall, and there were flowers, notes and people crowded around a picture of jobs, i wanted to write a note too, but even more than that i was surprised that people knew who jobs was, because every I ask, says who the f**k is steve jobs, he's in the news

24. s unregistered

i think ppl now days are crazy... some ppl might not even do those things for their relatives.. and now they are crying over a man who doesnt really relate to them?? eeek... i mean i know hes great and all that but still....

17. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

y e s s i r

20. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

i just wanna know how they went from early October to not in October at all?......i'm starting to think its the phone (Thunderbolt like issues) and not other things like the death of jobs....like that's really an excuse for anything...this is starting to make me nerves as a nexus prime customer because i'm going to get this phone but i'm not gonna wait forever

21. ElectroManiac

Posts: 47; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Samsung’s Nexus Prime hits the FCC with support for AT&T, T-Mobile http://www.wirelessgoodness.com/2011/10/07/samsungs-nexus-prime-hits-the-fcc-with-support-for-att-t-mobile/ Yes for At&t band support, that means I can import the phone to my country woooooooooooooooo

23. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

All in favor of the event being Oct. 18th, say "Aye!" =D

25. Apple Sucks unregistered

October 27th isn't the date. Other sites have already confirmed this as false. Get with the program.

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