Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy forces Google to cancel Oct. 29 Android, Nexus event

Google and Microsoft were to have competing press events on Monday, but Google has canceled its. The reason wasn't because it felt that Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 press event would hold sway over its own, but because of Mother Nature: Hurricane Sandy.

Google's event was to be held in New York City. Microsoft's is to be held in San Francisco. Obviously, Google chose the wrong coast; perhaps Los Angeles would have been a better choice.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New York area late on Sunday, and Google’s HQ has decided it's better to be safe than sorry. Media invited to the event have received an email as of 10:31 p.m. PDT on Saturday, telling them the event was canceled and that Google would let them know of future plans.

Google must feel snake-bitten. Slightly more than a year ago, Google and partner Samsung were forced to cancel another event, one which would have introduced the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0. In that case the event was canceled out of respect for the death of former Apple CEO and industry giant Steve Jobs.

Google was expected to announce a number of important items on Monday, including Android 4.2, the LG Nexus 4 (its next Nexus phone), the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet, and a Nexus 7 tablet with 32GB of storage, as well as another version with the same internal storage, but with GSM, as well.

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