Flag of Samsung flutters in the wind at the company's main office building in Seoul January 17, 2012. Reuters

It seems Samsung is playing a waiting game, even as the whole world waits on them to announce the Galaxy S3. The announcement was expected to be made in Paris, on 22 March.

"The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, close to commercial availability of the product," read a report on Endgadget.

There were also rumours suggesting the Galaxy S3 could arrive in April. However, those were turned down by Samsung themselves. In fact, going by their recent statement, the phone could even be launched in June.

Meanwhile, Apple's 7 March media invite, sent while the 2012 Mobile World Congress (MWC) was being held, was a calculated move on the Cupertino company's part... to not only generate buzz for its own product but also take some away from its competitors.

As far as the iPad 3 (which is expected to be launched at the abovementioned event), is concerned, most reports agree the device will feature a higher-resolution screen, a faster processor (maybe Apple's first quad-core) and expanded internal memory configurations. Reports, however, have differed on whether the new tablet will support the faster LTE data networks, like those now being deployed in the US by Verizon and AT&T.