Samsung won't have a physical presence at MWC 2021 in Barcelona. "The health and safety of our employees, partners and customers is our number one priority, so we have made the decision to withdraw from exhibiting in-person at this year’s Mobile World Congress," a spokesperson for the company told Reuters (via The Verge).
As things currently stand, the GSM Association, the organization that puts together MWC every year, plans to go ahead with an in-person event on June 28th. Samsung is the latest company to say it will attend the event remotely. Previously, Sony, Nokia and Ericsson announced similar plans. Google has also said it won't exhibit at MWC, but still plans to attend it virtually.
"Of course we respect that planning in a pandemic is complicated. Samsung will adapt their presence to virtual for MWC21 and we look forward to seeing them in person 2022," a spokesperson for the GSMA told Engadget. The organization also pointed us to a press release it published last week that details some of the programming it has planned for MWC 2021. Last year, the GSMA ended up canceling MWC 2020 after several major exhibitors, including Samsung, Sony and LG dropped out of the event in the days leading up to it.
Update 3:04 PM ET: Added comment from the GSMA.