We’ve been treating Samsung’s Unpacked event scheduled for next week at CTIA like the debut of the Galaxy/Nexus Prime, and corresponding launch of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, were all but a given. There have been plenty of reasons to think this is the case, and suitable hints have been dropped, but there’s been very little in the way of compelling evidence about what’s supposed to go down. We’ve now seen what might be the first strong sign that an Ice Cream Sandwich launch is definitely taking place, thanks to the discovery of a holding page for the event’s streaming coverage on YouTube.
The YouTube account affiliated with Google’s Android Developers site has posted a video landing page labeled “Android ICS Launch” and with a countdown timer with a little under five days to go left on it. That places the event on October 11, just as expected.
It looks like making the page public this early might have been a mistake; it’s tagged “yttest”, suggesting the poster was experimenting with setting up the page in advance and was planning to remove such in-testing tags before going live with it.
This may be about as much proof as we’ll get before the event actually kicks-off, so we’ll take what we can get. Be sure to check back on Tuesday to see what Samsung and Google have to reveal.
Update: The YouTube page now reads that the event is no longer available. The fact remains, someone authorized to use this official account put it up there for a time.