The most hotly-awaited Google Android smartphone, the company released a statement saying that “Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.”
“The successor to the Galaxy SII smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.”
Samsung is still, however, expected to announce updates to its popular tablet range at Mobile World Congress. The Galaxy Tab revisions are likely to improve screen size and resolution, while also updating the device’s software to Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Samsung’s statement added that “it stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world”.
The announcement comes just a day after the European Commission said it had opened anti-trust proceedings against the Korean giant “in order to guarantee undistorted competition”.
The case surrounds Samsung’s obligations under Frand (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) patent licensing terms. Frand terms allow smartphone manufacturers to use standard technology, such as the signalling systems that connect mobile devices to networks. They guarantee that the company that holds a patent cannot discriminate against others that want to use the same technology, and cannot charge excessive licensing fees.