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BizReport : : October 30, 2012

Super storm Sandy stops Google press conference

As super storm Sandy ransacks the East Coast of the U.S., many businesses and retailers, including major stock exchanges, have shut down. The monster storm has also halted a Google media event in its tracks.

by Helen Leggatt

Nexus_v16_web_flat.pngGoogle was forced to cancel a major media event in New York City on Monday night, as residents along the East Coast were urged to hunker down and ride out the storm.

The company was due to unveil new smartphones during the press conference, but plans are now on hold.

Instead, Google made an announcement on its official blog including upgrades to Nexus products, including a new smartphone and a new tablet.

"Today, we're excited to announce three great new Nexus devices ... in small, medium and large," writes Andy Rubin, SVP, Mobile and Digital Content at Google. "And they all run Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean - which includes the latest version of Google Now and other great new features."

This isn't the first time Google has had to cancel plans to launch a new product. Last year, the death of Steve Jobs halted a new product release.

Tags: Google, mobile, Nexus, product launch, Sandy, smartphone, super storm

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