Samsung delays Android phone to second half of 2009

Some rumours had suggested that Samsung might unveil its first Google Android smartphone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. But Samsung revealed in an interview with The Guardian that it will not release such a phone until the second half of 2009. Younghee Lee, head of marketing at Samsung’s mobile device division, indicated that the company is already planning the release and talking to operators.

Lee went on to say that the company’s Android was not ready but provided no further details.

Could reports that G1 sales in the U.K. have been disappointing have played a role in the decision? Or has Samsung decided to wait until Android supports soft keyboards to release a device similar to its Instinct phone?

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