Originally Posted by solipsism
Evil? It's not good or evil, it's business. Stopping a product because someone died simply doesn't make sense from a business perspective unless there are other business-realted reasons involved. Apple didn't stop their event when Jobs was on his death bed. Apple isn't stopping the preorders and releases of products because Jobs passed away. Last time I checked Apple is a lot closer to Jobs than some Ice Cream Sandwich OS update.
From a purely business perspective:
1) Apple can gain PR advantage by continuing without interruption -- and doing what [they think] Steve would have wanted...
2) Google and Sammy (and others) can gain PR advantages by delaying -- to show respect for a fallen [enemy] leader...
I suspect that Google/Sammy will quickly regain whatever
they lose through a slight delay, and they will, in turn, earn some respect from their enemies.
It does no harm for a business to show respect for a competitor -- the same as for individuals.
It's the 21-gun salute, flying the flag at half mast, a moment of silence.
...even if you only honor someone else out of respect for yourself!