Samsung delays Android phone

Samsung says it will delay the release of its first Google Android phone till the second half of 2009.

Well, here's the first disappointment of GSMA Mobile World Congress. Samsung will not be showing off its first Google Android smartphone at the show; in fact, we won't be seeing it at all until the second half of 2009.

Initial reports said Samsung would release its Android device some time in the second quarter of 2009, but according to an article in The Guardian, the head of marketing at Samsung's mobile division, Younghee Lee, said the company is "planning internally" for a release in the second half of the year. Lee added that Samsung is in negotiations with a number of operators to bring its Android device to market.

While obviously disappointing, we do know that Samsung will be holding a press conference at Mobile World Congress, so we expect an announcement(s) of some sort. Check back on February 15 for more!

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.


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