Samsung delays smartphone in tribute to Jobs

Samsung has delayed the launch of a new Android smartphone while the technology world continues to pay tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died last week.

Samsung delays smartphone in tribute to Jobs

The delay comes as an intensifying legal battle between Apple and Samsung reaches a crucial point this week, when the two technology giants will meet to contend patent disputes in courtrooms in the US, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

Samsung had planned to introduce the handset running Google’s latest Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, which will unite software used in tablets and smartphones, at its Mobile Unpack event in San Diego tomorrow.

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

Samsung has yet to decide on a new date for the release, the spokesman said, adding that the company had no plans to delay any scheduled court hearing dates due to Jobs’ death.

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