Published: October 9, 2011

SEOUL (Reuters) — Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it would delay the introduction of a new smartphone based on Google’s latest version of the Android operating system while the world paid tribute after the death of Steven P. Jobs.

“We decided it was not the right time to announce a new product while the world was expressing tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing,” a Samsung spokesman said.

Samsung had planned to introduce the product based on its so-called Ice Cream Sandwich system, which will unite the Android software used in tablets and smartphones, on Tuesday at its Mobile Unpack event in San Diego.

Samsung has yet to decide on a new date for the release, the spokesman said.

A legal battle between Apple, which Mr. Jobs helped found, and Samsung is set to reach its most crucial moment this week, with court hearings in the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea and Japan.
Samsung and Apple are suing each other in 10 countries over 20 cases since April, but few of them hold as much significance as the California court ruling on Thursday, since it could affect Samsung’s mobile device sales in the United States, one of its biggest markets.
Samsung said it would not delay scheduled hearing dates because of Mr. Jobs’s death.

Apple says Samsung’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copied its iPhone and iPad. Samsung rejects the claims and argues that Apple infringed on its mobile patents.

Last week, Apple rejected an offer from Samsung to settle a tablet dispute in Australia, possibly killing off the commercial viability of the new Galaxy tablet in that market.

Source: Ny Times | Fast Company