Samsung representatives gained’t present up in individual to Cellular World Congress in Barcelona this 12 months, in keeping with an announcement obtained by Reuters. The corporate says it has “made the choice to withdraw from exhibiting in-person” and can as a substitute attend remotely to prioritize the well being and security of its prospects and staff. Samsung has but to announce what its distant presence will appear like.
The in-person occasion continues to be scheduled to occur in June, regardless of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and difficulties with vaccination availability outdoors the US. The GSM Affiliation, which organizes the occasion, additionally fought in opposition to shutting down final 12 months’s occasion early on in 2020 earlier than a number of massive manufacturers dropped out. This 12 months, we’ve already seen Google announce that it gained’t be exhibiting, along with Samsung’s distant announcement.
We’ve reached out to a number of different massive manufacturers about their attendance plans, together with ZTE, Huawei, Sony, and Lenovo. None have been instantly obtainable for remark, however we’ll replace this text if we hear again.