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Samsung Will Miss Its Deadline

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Despite amping up its Apple (AAPL)-bashing before the Super Bowl and running neck-and-neck with Cupertino in terms of smartphone shipments, Samsung will have to use last year's Samsung Galaxy S II as a counterpoint to the iPhone 4S for the time being.

As Android (GOOG) fans wait with bated breath for the followup to the Galaxy S II and what will likely be the next flagship phone for the OS, the Korean manufacturer crushed their hopes by saying it will not debut the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress as previously planned. Although the device was scheduled to make an appearance at the Barcelona event later this month, Samsung doesn't believe the phone will be ready for public consumption by then. However, the quad-core Galaxy S III is still slated to debut within the "first half of the year."

According to The Verge, Samsung will shake off its delayed Galaxy S III launch with a Galaxy Tab refresh and possibly its upcoming LTE Windows Phone (MSFT) which -- along with Nokia's (NOK) Lumia line -- may revive an oft-overlooked platform. And considering these devices will be available before the latter half of the year, this puts even more hurt on Research in Motion's (RIMM) flailing direction and long overdue timeline.

In any case, Android users will continue to hold the company's Galaxy Nexus as the mobile OS' flagship device for a little while longer -- a luxury that Android's constantly churning release rate rarely affords.

Here's Samsung's statement:

Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.

The successor to the Galaxy S II 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 stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.

(See also: Samsung Amps Up Apple Bashing Before Super Bowl and iPhone Can't Match Android's Versatility, Says Steve Wozniak)

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