Tomorrow in San Diego, the annual fall edition of the CTIA wireless show begins again. For the first time in eight years, I won't be attending. And given the bombshell that Samsung dropped last Friday, it turns out that I may not be missing much.
It was only a few days ago that Sammy was set to sweep CTIA with the debut of its Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime smartphone. Coming off months of hype and countless leaks, the handset has the potential to become the next great Android device with its curved shape, killer specs, and the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Indeed, it looks promising, and I'm eager to welcome it into the world.
But then, other things happened. Last Tuesday, less than a week after Samsung sent out event invitations, Apple grabbed the spotlight away by rolling out the iPhone 4S. No, it wasn't a radically different iPhone 5, but even the 4S' improvements were enough to make many people forget that "something big" was coming. That was bad enough, but then Apple made it worse by announcing that it would follow the Galaxy Nexus' scheduled October 11 debut with the release of iOS 5 on October 12 and the 4S on October 14.
At first, I didn't think much about the timing. The wireless calendar, particularly during the preholiday buildup, is always crowded with new phones so it's difficult for any company to find a time just for itself. And given the volume of devices that Samsung produces, it never seems concerned with staggering its releases. So I was shocked when the company quietly announced on Friday that it was postponing the Galaxy Nexus launch. But more to the point, I also shook my head and said, "Oh, Samsung." … Read more