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LG denied an opportunity to be the first Android phone maker

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LG denied an opportunity to be the first Android phone maker
LG’s cell phones are doing okay, kind of. The company’s mobile division is narrowing down its loss, but it could have been reaping the benefits of Android like HTC if it wasn’t for a strategic mistake the company allegedly make. You guessed it right – LG was to be the first Android phone maker, but backtracked on the deal, forcing Google to work with HTC, according to a report by the WSJ.

An early Android prototype

An early Android prototype

From there on, the Taiwanese phone maker has been enjoying galloping growth. LG and Google were negotiating a deal in early 2007, but in the middle of the year LG decided to call it quits.

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

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posted on 18 Aug 2011, 09:20 10

1. oddmanout (Posts: 443; Member since: 22 May 2009)

HTC was the better candidate anyway. LG's build quality was never the best and seeing that people would be trying the android os for the first time and taking a risk with it, the hardware had to hold up just as well as the software. HTC made that happen. And I know I sound like the ultimate htc fanboy, but I'm speaking the truth.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 09:27

2. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

If Google goes on taking hasty decision under market pressure like it's doing now, LG would cease regretting in future because nobody regrets for a non-existent thing (Android). :D
Are we going to witness a yet another market makeover after 2007? Yes!

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 10:36 1

3. jura21 (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)

all's well that ends well...had LG made the first android, the platform would have failed instantly :D :D...good that HTC released g1..being a reputed smartphone maker, their handsets naturally sold well

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 13:02 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

actually, i had a great distaste for HTC before android. Until then they were known as a windows 5/6xx maker.. and most of their phones were crap. find anyone that worked in service/tech for the major carriers like 4 years ago and they will tell you they hated when HTC phones were sold.

Its great though, that HTC has gone from "that" company to a premier and premium handset maker. Anyone can do a turn around, you just have to be willing to make the changes (cough cough blackberry)

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 10:50 1

4. ryq (unregistered)

another what if! what if android fail? would that means lg made a right decision. anyway, oddmanout was right, lg quality is not that good. google was right in choosing htc.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 11:31 1

5. DKMDROID (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

Even though i have an Optimus One i have to admit that if LG had made the first android phone it wouldnt have been taken seriously thats probably the sad part cos LG is was more renowned for making feature phones not smartphones and i do agree with the previous comments of LG not having a very good build quality as opposed to HTC ....this coming from someone owning a LG smartphone

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 12:20 1

6. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

The G1 was not that great guys. LG could have at least done that

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 15:52

8. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

The G1 was awesome for what it was. Compared to the iphone 2g/3g which was its competition, it was light years ahead of it.. had nearly the same size screen + keyboard + bigger camera + tons more functionality. And u could hack the crap out of it! lol. It didnt have the fanfare and the apps at the time, but a bad phone it was not.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 18:14

9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

It also wasn't "cool". Not like android now and like how the iPhone was/is.

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