Widley rumoured to be the front runner for making the next Nexus phone, Samsung appears to have all but confirmed it, by way of an angry Cease and Desist email, retrieved by Geek.com.
The ‘email’ reads thus:
“To [name blacked out]
It has come to our attention that you are wrongfully in possession of, and intend to release to otherwise publicly disclose without Samsung’s consent, firmware for the Nexus Prime. By this letter, Samsung orders you to immediate [sic] cease, desist, and refrain from any and all such activities.
The Nexus Prime firmware is the exclusive property of Samsung and/or its partners, suppliers and affiliates. Any continued retention, use, or disclosure of Nexus Prime firmware, and/or Samsung’s confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information pertaining to Nexus Prime, will expose you to significant liability, both civil and potentially criminal.
Samsung expects your immediate compliance with the terms of this letter. You are instructed to contact my office immediately to discuss the return of Nexus Prime data in your possession and other remedial action. Samsung reserves all rights.
By this letter, your [sic] are also put on notice of your obligation not to alter, modify, delete, erase, or destroy, or cause or permit anyone else to alter, modify, delete, erase, or destroy, any evidence pertaining to the subject matter of this letter.
Thank you for immediate cooperation.
[name blacked out]
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC.
A few things about this letter don’t sit that well with us. Mainly because it’s lumbered with typos and grammar fails all over the place. If someone has genuinely gotten ahold of Nexus Prime firmware, we’d expect that Samsung would have gotten someone to look over a such important letter/email before sending it out.
Also, and we’re not experts on US law here, but surely Samsung’s General Counsel wouldn’t say ‘potentially criminal’? Surely if a developer has gotten ahold of Prime firmware illegally then that’s definitely, not potentially criminal? It might be a case of semantics here that we’re reading too much into.
But all the same, if this letter is real then publicly disclosing it can’t be such a smart move, in terms of helping your defence.
So this is either a genuine letter/email and Samsung’s legal eagle in the States forgot to turn on spellcheck. Or, it’s the work of mischief-making troll(s). For the moment, our money’s on the latter, at least until we hear more.
We’ve asked Samsung here in the UK if they can shed any light on this news and we’re waiting to hear back. We do love the Optimus Prime Android that the guys at Geek put together though.
Its rumoured specs include a huge Super AMOLED HD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core chip and a ‘Google+ button’. The Prime will be the flagship device for Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android with Samsung the favorites to make the device.