An early Android prototype
What could’ve been the reason? We could only guess, but at the time LG was getting its feet wet in the smartphone race with handsets such as the LG Prada, coming out at roughly around the same time as the Apple iPhone. It could have been hopes for its touchscreen handsets, but we should also count the fact that the first Android prototypes looked much like a BlackBerry does today – sporting the familiar candybar full QWERTY form factor. This surely wouldn’t have looked like an iPhone competitor, so that might be one more reason for LG not working with the search behemoth.
In either case, the rest is history – HTC released the HTC Dream aka the G1 on T-Mobile, the first phone with Android, while LG has taken its time to go a full circle back to the platform.
source: WSJ via UnwiredView