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CTIA Fall 2011: A preview

CTIA Fall 2011 in San Diego will be leaner than usual, but we'll still be there, all hands on deck. Here's what we expect from the annual wireless trade show.

If you had asked me yesterday what would be the biggest news at the CTIA show in San Diego, I would have said it would be the imminent Samsung Galaxy Nexus unveiling expected at the company's Samsung Unpacked event October 11. The Galaxy Nexus promises to be the next-generation Nexus device and was slated to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system.

However, Samsung and Google have since canceled the event out of deference to Steve Jobs' passing. Whether you think it's a classy move or not, it does make CTIA significantly less exciting, and we anticipate a leaner and quieter show as a result. The CTIA fall show--also known as CTIA Enterprise & Applications--is usually not as jam-packed as the spring event, but we do sometimes get a few juicy tidbits, like info about last year's cavalcade of Motorola handsets.

We definitely still expect to see many new handsets at the show, especially those with a 4G punch. We already know that we'll see Verizon Wireless's latest LTE-laced Samsung Stratosphere, and we predict we'll see more 4G handsets before the show is over. Of course, we'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for interesting accessories and other previously announced handsets that we have yet to get our hands on.

Roger Cheng, our intrepid wireless reporter from CNET News, will be in San Diego covering Tuesday's opening keynote, with CEOs from Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T as speakers. From CNET Reviews, Jessica Dolcourt and I will be there to get some hands-on time with the latest hardware. And you might even see me inside a brand-spanking-new Cadillac talking about the car company's latest wireless tech.

CTIA Fall 2011 starts on Tuesday and lasts until Thursday. Be sure to catch all the latest CTIA news right here on CNET.