Word is that they are moving to this release schedule so that they will be releasing each new Galaxy device when the last iPhone is old news. Technically the new iPhone is already old news but people are gobbling it up anyway so I can't blame them for wanting to set a schedule that keeps them from having to bother with it. That said, I do like that most manufacturers will continue to put the goodies in customers' eyes right along side the Apple gear so that people will at least know somewhere in their minds that there are other alternatives available. Next step: keep carriers and manufacturers from effing up quality handsets with their whack bloatware and lackluster skins. The new S Pen functions on the Note II are great, but they can certainly be built in without too much other Touchwiz mumbo jumbo.