Samsung will not be launching the Galaxy Nexus in
company revealed via its official Twitter account today. This comes as a
disappointment considering it is the only pure Google smartphone that is
guaranteed to get future Android updates.
Samsung had been giving out mixed signals regarding the launch of the Galaxy Nexus in
Initially scheduled to be launched in December, the world’s largest smartphone
vendor first indicated that the Nexus smartphone launch has been rescheduled
for January. At that time, a company spokesperson had told that due
to too many product introductions (primarily the Galaxy Note) the Galaxy Nexus
launch had been rescheduled for January. Towards the end of January Samsung
reached out to a users query on Twitter and indicated that the launch might
happen in March but refused to confirm the same. And today it revealed that the
smartphone won’t be launched in India
The non-launching of a Nexus device in
India is not
new. The first Nexus smartphone (with HTC) was never officially launched in India. Even the
Nexus S (with Samsung) was introduced in India close to the device’s end of
life. From what we hear, Samsung was worried that the Galaxy Nexus would have
cannibalized sales of its Galaxy Note phablet. The Galaxy Note has sold really
well in India,
even exceeding Samsung’s expectations.
Then there is the little matter of the Galaxy S III, which Samsung would be unveiling in
tomorrow. If rumors are to be believed, Samsung could launch the device in
multiple countries as early as next week and it would want users to buy it
instead of the Galaxy Nexus.
While we agree that it is Samsung’s prerogative whether it wants to launch a product in
or not, the least it can do then is to provide timely Android updates to its
non-Nexus users. Being the world’s (and India’s) largest smartphone vendor
comes with its own set of responsibilities and so far Samsung’s performance has
not been up to the mark.