Samsung & Google Announce Ice Cream Sandwich Event: October 19, In Hong Kong

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Well, that’s one way to leave US-based tech reporters scratching their heads. Samsung has just started sending out invitations to tech press inviting them to a Google/Samsung media event taking place on October 19 in Hong Kong.

The event was originally slated to be held on October 11 in San Diego, but was rescheduled out of respect for Steve Jobs, who passed away a few days before the event would have taken place.

While the previous event’s invitation was pretty vague, this one doesn’t leave any doubt: we’re going to see the debut of Ice Cream Sandwich, the next major release of the Android OS. And we’re also expecting to see the launch of the next ‘Nexus’ device (which is rumored to either be called the Nexus Prime or the Galaxy Nexus).

The Hong Kong venue is a strange move, given the fact that there’s such late notice for people to plan trips. There will be a live stream on YouTube, but since the event will likely showcase phones and tablets, the lack of hands-on time will be frustrating. (I’d speculated it might be at AsiaD, but it’s actually at a different venue).