Samsung-Google press event delayed due to Steve Jobs' death

Earlier today Samsung and Google announced that their press event to announce a new smartphone product would not happen on Tuesday, October 11 after all.

The companies were pretty vague about the reason for such a move this morning. Now AllThingsD.com reports that the real reason for the delay was not because of a delay in the product itself but for a more emotional reason: the death this week of Apple founder Steve Jobs. In an updated statement, both Samsung and Google jointly said, "We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing." Jobs passed away on Wednesday at the age of 56.

The story also said that the decision to delay the press event was made late on Thursday night by the top executives of both Samsung and Google. The October 11 event was rumored to not only be the time to announce a new Samsung smartphone but also to launch Android 4.0, the next version of Google's mobile operating system. So far neither Samsung nor Google have announced a new date or location for the press event.

Two days after the passing of Steve Jobs, people are still dealing with the death of the founder of Apple. Venture Beat reports that dozens of people are still gathering in front of Apple's big New York City store to pay tribute to Jobs as well as in front of Apple's world headquarters in Cupertino, California and at Jobs' residence in Palo Alto, California.

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To be fair most of you guys are missing the point, this wasn't done as a business decision, it was done out of respect for someone that's passed away.

I laud Google/Sammy for this move!

(It is a known fact, that both Google co-founders, were big Steve Jobs fan, and even wanted him to be the CEO of Apple. But he denied, so they went for Eric Schmidt for the reason, that he was on Apple board.)

I'm kind of boggled at the people who are saying that this is silly or stupid. Ultimately, it's not your call to make. If someone on the other team dies, you pay tribute, because it's all in the spirit of sportsmanship.

I kind of disagree with this, actually. Yes, Steve Jobs was a very important figure in making the computing field what it is today, but, at the end of the day, he was human just like the rest of us and his death was assuredly one of thousands that very same day.

It's sad, but have a small tribute on your web page and move on. I don't think that corporations should just halt everything because of one man's death. Steve Jobs himself would probably not have wanted to stop Apple for even a second. I'm sure he would preferred Apple and all its competitors continue to operate every single day, even if something happened to him.

I said it in the thread "**** Jobs" because of this. It makes no sense to delay the launch of something because someone has died.

htcz said,
I said it in the thread "**** Jobs" because of this. It makes no sense to delay the launch of something because someone has died.

The man is dead, and he's still ****ing you off.

Classic Steve.

omgben said,

The man is dead, and he's still ****ing you off.

Classic Steve.


No, he isnt. Samsung/Google have ****ed me off because of the death of ONE person, they are delaying a product.

It would have been the same if Gates dies and Apple would have delayed the launch of the iPhone 4S.

htcz said,

No, he isnt. Samsung/Google have ****ed me off because of the death of ONE person, they are delaying a product.

It would have been the same if Gates dies and Apple would have delayed the launch of the iPhone 4S.

They are delaying the press conference, not the phone...and there isn't enough info to determine if Android 4.0 would have released the same day.

I think this was a classy move. As much as I want the phone I think the guy deserves it and I can wait a week.

I disagree with this move. I was expecting them to do a tasteful moment of silence or a special Steve Jobs tribute at the beginning of the press event. Samsung, I am waiting on this new device so I can order it at Verizon with a new two year contract. My wife and I are both buying the Prime.

I don't think it is ever a good idea to delay the press release.

Well, I guess this is a smart move. The Nexus Prime is going to herald the demise of iPhone, so they should wait a little longer before unveiling this since people are still sad about Steve Jobs.

Edited by Chugworth, Oct 7 2011, 6:08pm :

Chugworth said,
Well, I guess this is a smart move. The Nexus Prime is going to herald the demise of iPhone, so they should wait a little longer before unveiling this since people are still sad about Steve Jobs.
Your funny the general public will not care about the Nexus Prime, only the uber geeks will be drooling over it while everyone else lines up for an iPhone 4S. Everytime people claim new "phone X" will herald the end of the iPhone and everytime the iPhone becomes the hottest selling item of the year. Jobs or not, you cannot beat the Apple hype machine.

To the topic at hand, smart move for both Samsung and Google. Particularly Samsung, considering the current legal battle with Apple, they could of just said "screw you Apple" and gone forward with it but they didn't and still decided to show respect, kudos to them.

eilegz said,
http://gawker.com/5847338/steve-jobs-was-not-god

people are overreacting seriously. Sure Jobs was an innovator, a charismatic figure that represent technology. But thats it, i dont even think that jobs wanted the people to over react...

I am totally with you.... lot of people are just over reacting....
every one is moaning and having beer or watching porn...

Xilo said,
Oh please. This is completely stupid.

+1 I agree with you.... lets all stop going to work for one day and stop all business from functioning because Steve is dead....

smooth3006 said,

no this is a smart move on googles part.


How in any way is this a smart move? How is delaying press events at all a smart move?

Sure, maybe if it was the same day or a few days after then I can see canceling. But, the press events were schedule over a week after his death.

Xilo said,
Oh please. This is completely stupid.

I complete agree. This is completely stupid to delay a product, irrelevent what Jobs has done.

htcz said,

I complete agree. This is completely stupid to delay a product, irrelevent what Jobs has done.

They are only delaying the announcement not the shipping date!

Xilo said,
Oh please. This is completely stupid.
It's not about Jobs, not well not as directly as you seem to think.

Simple fact is, any tech news that is announced in the week after Jobs death is going to be droned out by all the coverage of his death. They won't make a splash, except to the diehards who will already support them anyway.

warwagon said,
Just ask yourself "What would apple do?" . Kick'em while their down!

not really, if gates or the google ceo passed im sure apple would do the same.

smooth3006 said,

not really, if gates or the google ceo passed im sure apple would do the same.

they'd sue them for passing away after jobs got the patent on it.

smooth3006 said,

not really, if gates or the google ceo passed im sure apple would do the same.

Actually what Apple would have done, is told them Gates or the CEO of Google could NOT have died and demand they come back to life, because they didn't have or infringed upon a death patent.

warwagon said,
Just ask yourself "What would apple do?" . Kick'em while their down!

Exactly. Apple strikes me as a "no mercy rule" type of company. No mercy.

KingCrimson said,

Exactly. Apple strikes me as a "no mercy rule" type of company. No mercy.

they were but that will probably change in time since they have a different ceo and jobs is deceased now.