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10 Oct 2011

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Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs

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A look at gadget happenings, as the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich’s launch is delayed out of respect for Steve Jobs and Windows Phone will get dual core processors and LTE at a later stage.

Ice Cream Sandwich launch postponed out of respect for Steve Jobs

Samsung and Google have said they have delayed the launch of the next version of Android and the latest Nexus device out of respect for Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, who died last week.

“We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’ passing,” both companies said.

Samsung’s announcement was rumoured to reveal Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, along with the next Nexus phone believed to be called the Galaxy Nexus.

However, Samsung does not plan to delay scheduled court hearings for its ongoing smartphone patent dispute with Apple.

Jobs died last week, aged 56, after a long battle with illnesses.

Windows Phone models with dual core processors, LTE coming – Microsoft

Andy Lees, the Windows Phone unit boss, said Windows Phone devices with dual core processors and support for faster LTE networks were on their way.

AllThingsD reports that while Lees believes the current range of single core Windows Phones can stand up against its dual core competitors, Microsoft was not opposed to creating devices with dual core processors.

Lees said Microsoft wants to wait until the software was ready to fully take advantage of dual-core chips before introducing them.

Lees also said there will be LTE Windows Phones, but that Microsoft wanted to wait until the networks could be supported without consuming so much of the smartphone’s battery power before integrating them.

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