Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Google Inc. this week delayed the introduction of the latest version of the Android OS code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.

The companies were expected to unveil the new operating system next week at a trade event in San Diego, CA.

Both companies released a joint statement that stated it was not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product, reportedly due to the passing of Apple Inc. co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs.

The Ice Cream Sandwich OS was said to be introduced on a new smartphone, the Nexus Prime, developed by Samsung.

This week, Samsung released a new video that detailed the side profile of a new device that includes a power button and dock connector.

Ice Cream Sandwich is said to unify the Android OS for smartphone and tablet devices.

The Nexus Prime reveal would follow Apple Inc.’s announcement of the iPhone 4S.

The company this week the iPhone 4S will be sold via AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. Oct. 14 starting at $199.

The iPhone 4S will include the A5 Dual-Core CPU, 8MP camera, 1080 HD video recording functionality, iOS 5, and a new voice command protocol called Suri.

Prior devices in the Nexus line include the Nexus S by Samsung and the Nexus One by HTC Corp.

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