Only 2 million LG G2s sold until now? Sales reportedly affected by the launch of Nexus 5
Earlier this year, when LG released its G2 flagship smartphone, it said that it hoped to sell 10 million units around the globe. However, it doesn’t look like the company’s expectations will be met.
According to a DigiTimes report based on the chatter of unnamed industry sources, LG sold just over 2 million G2 units until now. Allegedly, the release of Google Nexus 5 shortly after the G2 affected sales of the latter. The Nexus 5 is significantly cheaper, while offering a relatively similar set of specs. The new Nexus also has the advantage of offering Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, while the G2 is still running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. You can check out our Nexus 5 vs LG G2 article for a closer look at the two handsets and the differences between them.
Since the Nexus 5 is also made by LG, the South Korean company is probably not too affected by this. And perhaps the manufacturer will have better luck with its next flagship smartphone, the G3 (expected to be released in the second half of 2014).
DigiTimes also talks about the low sales numbers of HTC’s One and Huawei’s Ascend P6. While exact sales figures for HTC’s flagship aren’t known, the P6 seems to have been sold in about 3 million units (7 million less than Huawei was planning to sell). The Taiwanese publication further notes that disappointing sales of flagship devices could seriously affect market share rankings next year. However, it's too early to tell if that's the case, as we first have to wait for official figures from manufacturers to have a clear view of the whole picture.
1. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 206; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
LG G2 is the Second best phone on the earth currently , but it wont sell well.
13. hung2900 (Posts: 683; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Coz for normal customers, non-sysmetric design like G2 is ugly.
And LG brand is not favorable also.
16. mr.techdude (Posts: 417; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I love HTC one design and I'm a huge fan of high quality materials and excellent design in smartphones however although the G2 does not meet my level of satisfaction in design and build quality, the phone is that excellent in almost all aspects that I won't care about it's design. Screen size, display, camera omg, back buttons is very innovative, features and battery life are it's pros but it's cons are only design and ugly LG interface but those cons are negligible.
48. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 255; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
Some people find back buttons to be a deal breaker, no matter how much they try to use it. But more importantly, many people find LG's UI to be a deal breaker... All of this to say that not everyone will find those cons negligible..
75. pp3k3jamail (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)
I never understood the whole complaining about LG UI. If you don't like it their are hundreds of UI on the market to download. I have had Motorola, HTC, Samsung and LG phone and I never really liked any of those UI. So I just download a UI and customize it to my liking saying the UI is a reason not to buy a phone is a real lazy and pathetic excuse
76. pp3k3jamail (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)
I forgot I also had the Sony xperia TL the phone from the James bond movie sky fall if their is one UI I do sort of like its Sony. But I still ended up changing that UI to. I just do see why people complain about phone UI. When you can just change them that the power of Android you make it look like and iPhone or windows 8 phone and etc. Thats one of the reasons that makes Android popular the ability to customize the phone the way you want it to be.
71. cheetah2k (Posts: 726; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Great phone but no support. I almost bought the LG 65" 4K tv but same issue - poor support.. LG promised Android 4.3 just after launch, well its been 4 months now. WTF what gives LG
19. davenycept (Posts: 138; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Exactly!!! LG has a bad rap in the phone industry and doesn't market like Sammy and Apple
30. giani (Posts: 183; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Here is what I think. LG needs to stop and copy 'sammy'. If LG wants to start selling they need to either be original (although is a good start placing volume buttons in the back, I'm afraid is not enough); make a phone with premium design and materials...get rid of that ugly skin ( touchwiz lookalike uglyNess). They have the money and power to do it. It's kinda of an wake up call that even sammy can't sell any more of their crap ( perhaps pepole are growing a brain ?!...or they reached brainwashing saturation) so hopefully we get to see a totally different g3 that actually stands out.
43. wildfiregt (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
enough of these "premium material". The plastic is more robust than Aluminium or metal when it comes to drop tests. (Yes your beloved Aluminium gets scratches)
The look of the phone is fine and as classy as another black material
You only judge by the name
In case you don't know it. Most people don't find plastic and UI ugly as you say. Otherwise galaxy producs wouldn't be successful
64. giani (Posts: 183; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I'm sorry if I find a galaxy phone ugly and boring. And I'm also sorry to find touchwiz cartonney, laggy and unattractive. They are indeed successful, theres a lot if people like you out there.
But this is a forum and this is my OPINION.
46. E.S.1 (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Why materials and skin matters? It's just a phone and probably the best one to date.
53. donfem (Posts: 461; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Another ignorant post. A lot of ranting without positive input.
31. JunBringer (Posts: 93; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
I feel like brand recognition isn't there yet. The G2 is setting the stage though for increasing success over time. Once people hear the name enough, like they do "Galaxy" right now, people will pick up one.
38. Ashoaib (Posts: 338; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
After so many songs about the wonderfulness of G2 and wonderfulness of G2 over galaxy S4 on all tech sites, such a poor sales performance?
2. ihavenoname (Posts: 840; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Both are great phones, but I'd take Nexus 5. Better price, performance, (my opinion)software. Camera is also good enough for me. G2 is definitely fantastic phone, but I'd take Nexus 5.
8. LGisgood (Posts: 134; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
G2 is far better than Nexus 5.
14. jellmoo (Posts: 354; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Sorry, but the utterly terrible software/OEM skin knocks it well behind what the Nexus 5 offers. The overall user experience is ridiculously behind what the Nexus 5 offers.
26. jellmoo (Posts: 354; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Which is absolutely fine. The issue isn't how great stock Android is, the issue is how utterly terrible LG's implementation is.
33. livyatan (Posts: 494; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
"utterly terrible" makes me pretty sure that you are nothing more than a troll/hater.
Care to elaborate on what is so terrible about it?
I actually preffer it over the stock Android.
It stomps all over it feature and functionality -wise.
Only minus is the bad design which is kinda cartoony and childish.
44. PootisMan (Posts: 174; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
How is he a troll/hater? I for one despise the look of Lg's custom user interface. I don't like ui, I don't need the extra functionality and worst of all it slows down the phone and takes a lot of storage space. I prefer stock Android because of it's clean, sleek and elegant looks. It works beautifully and run's ultra smooth. I love stock Android and I will probably never go with any phone with a custom ui ever.
50. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 255; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
LG's UI IS utterly terrible! Yes, LG's software stomps Stock Android feature and functionality wise, but he said UI!! Which is the design, and it is terrible. Not only is it cartoony and childish, it is also extremely inconsistent.
54. donfem (Posts: 461; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Problem with some on phorearena is the fact that they talk with their butts instead of talking less and listening more. These dullrads talk jargons like they actually know what they are talking about. Disregard his post please.
60. jellmoo (Posts: 354; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Sure. The overall aesthetic is poor and/or outdated/ Subjective perhaps, but a commonly held opinion.
The functionality of certain design choices offers poor tradeoffs. For example, the notification dropdown, where you are able to have only about half the screen available for actual notifications.
Gimmicky features that mimic the gimmicky feature of another manufacturer. Slide Aside is pretty much their version of multi-window, only without the actual tangible benefit.
The crux is that it looks bad, it's functionality can actual hinder your day to day use of the device, and a lot of the features are gimmicky to the point of "use it once, forget about it afterwards".
I don't hate LG or the G2. I'd love for LG to put out a great device and have it be successful. It's better for all consumers if they do. But I won't pretend that this is that device, when it has a lot of inherent software flaws.
The implementation of features that seem half baked or not completely up to snuff. For example, the knock knock feature is actually a great idea, but poorly implmented in that it doesnt function 100% of the time
77. pp3k3jamail (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)
You can download a different UI and also stock Android UI on the market if you don't like LG UI. I don't get the complaining about UI. If you don't like the UI change it you don't like the keyboard change it you don't like the dialer change it you don't like the color of you notification light change it you don't like the icons change it and etc. I thought this new generation was tech smart this era has the ability to change things to their liking but people keep complaining about how a UI comes out the box.
10. LGisgood (Posts: 134; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
because of hard competitions... world crisis
55. donfem (Posts: 461; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
THye sell well because of so many reasons and factors. Maybe followership, style, pricing, options and varieties, performance. We could go on and on. That is not to take away any of the other factors like territory, crisis... We all are entitled to our opinion and ought not to force it down the throats of those with opposing views.
27. tiara6918 (Posts: 1199; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Because sheeps haven't woken up yet or atleast they won't because they're too blind to see the reality
7. LGisgood (Posts: 134; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
LG G2 sold about 2.5 million WORLDWIDE. still counting.......
LG Nexus 5 sold Around 2 million NOT WORLDWIDE
BOTH ARE COUNTED FOR LG SMARTPHONE...
ITS JUST FINE!
5. zachattack (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
It's the top phone, not the 2nd. Even if it doesn't sell well and people like consumer reports put the S4 above it. Oh well, i'll keep enjoying my G2 till something better comes out (not the S5)
40. Ashoaib (Posts: 338; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Come on bro!!! You cannot compare S4 n G2 with note 3... note 3 is a beast and if you want to fail G2 n S4 then go ahead and compare it with note 3... note 3 is a all rounder, good in everything
9. nasznjoka (Posts: 220; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
1520 it is a wp device so what are you expecting
11. LGisgood (Posts: 134; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
LG G2 sold about 2.5 million WORLDWIDE. still counting.......
LG Nexus 5 sold Around 2 million NOT WORLDWIDE
BOTH ARE COUNTED FOR LG SMARTPHONE SALES...
ITS JUST FINE!
24. _Bone_ (Posts: 1995; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Where did you get the N5 sales figures? (link pls)
15. nasznjoka (Posts: 220; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
or is it the same old execuse of POOR MARKETING???
39. DONUT (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
it cant be, LG has crazy big marketing for the G2. more ads for the G2 than any other LG phone before
51. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5807; Member since: 14 May 2012)
They aren't pumping out money like Samsung and Apple are. Samsung got popular because of their advertisements. If Samsung can do it, so can LG.
67. nasznjoka (Posts: 220; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
word son PapaSmurf, but how do you spend much if you don't earn much??
69. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5807; Member since: 14 May 2012)
LG makes a lot more products than phones I hope you know...
78. pp3k3jamail (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)
So do Sony, Samsung, Motorola, those companies make more than phones as well.
72. DONUT (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
but compared to other LG mobile devices, the G2 has a big marketing campaign behind it
17. davenycept (Posts: 138; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
I think it was the most underrated phone this year...partially because of the Samsung/iPhone marketing and hype and LG's bad history of not giving updates
18. clayton (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
I Live in Ghana, and I can count not less than six samsung shops in my town alone where I can go and get for myself any samsung phone or tablet. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for other OEMs. Thats the reason why the galaxy line of products will continue to sell very than others regardless of how well they are made. Samsung is committed to marketing its products and it is paying off.
21. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1871; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Competition from future proof phone which gets very good updates from it own home, and bad reputation of LG for not giving updates or late updates.
22. fireblade (Posts: 282; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
LG needs agressive marketing like Samsung. The device itself isn't bad. As an LG user, I'm satisfied with my LG phone.
23. _Bone_ (Posts: 1995; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
This is a mathematical impossibility, there's such a shortage on the Nexus 5 that it cannot take 8.000.000 potential G2 buyers away, maybe 800.000, but the Nexus line-up is still geekclusive, so it could be a lot less.
28. tiara6918 (Posts: 1199; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Lg doesn't deserve this, they had made a lot of effort to make one of the best phones of 2013 and had marketed the g2 well enough. I hope consumers will soon realize how ugly the product they're suporting is(cough fruit) and how great other competitors are
29. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 641; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Samsung and Apple are destroying the competition thats why LG, Htc, Huawei etc...are getting poor sales, even Sony have been extremely quiet about the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra sales.
The Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Note 2, Apple iPhone5S, iPhone5C, iPhone5 and iPhone4S are all still big sellers, I bet the top 10 list of best selling smartphones in 2013 is nothing but Apple and Samsung. We are at a critical point now where we have two GIGANTIC players with billions of $s to blow on Marketing and R&D, things are going to get very ugly for the other players if this does not change soon.
32. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1123; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
I was amazed with apple, they are able to be very successful even without flooding the market as other companies in doing.
58. donfem (Posts: 461; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Your point is? Considering you chose apple, would you care to tell how and why? Having to release three types of iphones within a space of 6 months is not "flooding" in your opinion is it?
34. JunitoNH (Posts: 709; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
I gave the G2 a chance, actually two chances, and ended up returning both devices. Like Samsung, all their software is just a bunch of gimmicks. My friend is working on his third unit. And lets not get into the radio issues, at the end I settle with the Moto X. From an objective point of view, it doesn't matter how many cores, butter, candy, and memory oems placed in these devices, they lag, stutter and glitchy
35. mrvid (Posts: 70; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)
What hurt the sales of the LG G2, were crappy button position on the back of the phone! They were hard to use and to get use too! I had one and tried for about a month and just couldn't get use to the buttons on the back!! Had to look just to use them. I sold it on eBay and bought an S4, Couldn't be happier!