Postponing Nexus Prime, respect or fear of iPhone 4S?

By Peter Chubb - Oct 11, 2011

When Google and Samsung announced that they were to delay the announcement of the Nexus Prime due to the passing of Steve Jobs, we all thought that it was a nice gesture. Apple and Samsung had a stormy relationship, but doing this was seen as a sign of respect, because no matter how you look at it, the former CEO changed our outlook on technology forever.

However, we have to wonder if there is also another reason for this? Now Samsung did not know that the iPhone 4S was going to be as popular is it has become, but they do now. It’s looking more likely that the Prime will get a release date on November 3rd, which we reported earlier today. The timing does seem a little strange.

However, we should not read too much into this, as the release of the latest smartphone from Google and Samsung was not rumored to be until late October or early November – although it is food for thought. If the iPhone 4S did not turn out to be as successful as it has, then one has to wonder if the Nexus Prime would not have been released earlier to try and steal away customers?

When Apple announced their new iPhone it was met with huge criticism, but that was due to the fact that we assumed that it would be the iPhone 5 with an all-different design. However, what has amazed us is the numbers that these handsets have been shifting. In just 24-hours more than 1 million pre-orders were taken; whether this is because customers want the iPhone 4S because of its upgrades and Siri or if it is a mark of respect for Steve Jobs is anyone’s guess?

One thing’s for sure – seems like yet another Apple smartphone that Android will not be able to match when it comes to sales.

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  • Kris

    This article is ridiculous for a few reasons:

    1.  At the time that their announcement was postponed, the iPhone 4S was still being criticized quite heavily.

    2.  Also, preorders did not begin until two days later, so they did not know that the iPhone would be so well received.  Also, anyone who did not expect this was ignorant to the realities that this announcement added one more carrier and was the first new model since adding Verizon just a few months earlier.  In essence, they added a carrier and a half, so the sales figures should have been expected.

    3. Android is actually beating iOS in terms of sales.  If you want to speak of specific models, then you would be correct, but to say Android will no be able to keep up is incorrect and quite the opposite.  With regards to specific models, a single phone from a single company compared to a bevy of phones from multiple companies is comparing apples to oranges.

    The bias is obvious though by the final statement though, so these fallacies are to be expected.

    • Google

      I am wondering if the delay is due to Samsung’s nervousness at being accused of plagiarism again – they have just taken another blow in Australia – if the new Samsung phone in anyway resembles the iPhone then it could prove disastrous for them.  Whatever the reason for the delay, you can be sure that it isn’t out of respect…