LG has no immediate plans on making WP handsets due to weak sales

LG has no immediate plans on making WP handsets due to weak sales
Microsoft might be eager to push its Windows Phone platform in a joint effort with Nokia and some other manufacturers, but it seems that it has lost one of its allies. LG said it has no immediate plans to make Windows Phone devices, and will instead shift its focus more fully on Android.

An LG spokesperson admitted that the Korean company will “continue research and development efforts” for Windows Phone, but without any actual devices planned for the near future. 

The reason? “The total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure,” LG explains. The Korean phone maker remains in a good partnership with Microsoft, but the WP financials don’t add up for LG.

At the same time, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer will pay a visit to Korea in late May, and is expected to talk to partners including LG.

LG had one of the better first-gen Windows Phone devices - the LG Optimus 7, which we liked. It also made the LG Quantum, one of a few WP handsets with a full physical QWERTY keyboard.

Another open question that stems from LG’s decision to suspend its WP devices, is the role that the Nokia-Microsoft partnership has played. The Koreans mentioned they feel a certain pressure from the deal. Most recently, we’ve been hearing rumors about Samsung planning to jump on the Windows Phone 8 bandwaggon with a Galaxy S III look-alike. With that in mind, do you think that this could be a good decision for LG, or is the company bailing on Windows Phone at a time when the platform might pick up?


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44 Comments

43. Jericho unregistered

Yes Lg is not quiting on windows phone. wmpoweruser.com/lg-denies-stepping-out-of-windows-​phone-game-wants-to-offer-consumers-as-wide-a-choi​ce-as-possible/

44. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Well that was quick...lol.

36. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Sony, etc., have all made announcements that there will be no WP phones from them this year, or at least before WP8 comes out. But why is it that when LG makes an announcements or comments about Windows Phone, there is always at the same time a critical vibe to it? There is always a dig at WP every time they open their mouth. I could be wrong, but all these barbs seem to have started when Nokia entered the picture. As a Windows Phone fan, I am glad MS went with Nokia to partner with. Just stating the obvious here, but LG as a phone OEM is lightweight compared to Nokia. An LG-MS partnership would hardly have created a ripple. At least with the MS-Nokia marriage, there is the potential for creating a splash!

39. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Its all about publicity, a negative one at that from LG. If LG can make some headlines, it may help their Android cause. Its like the cardashians. Oh well their loss is someone else's gain.

41. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Kardashians***

30. Jericho unregistered

Hey saying lg's optimus 7 was s**t is just plain bullsh!t check phonearena's review it got the same score as your top class handset maker samsung's omnia 7. On phonedog there was an article about the next nexus and the auther said i don't want to see lg make the next nexus instead i want huawei. I think the nexus is lg's only chance for recognition as a premium handset maker.

34. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

and in fact, the LG Optimus 7 was the best first gen WP7 device. i notice sites like phonedog and androidauthority are always biased against LG. almost all their articles about LG has something bad in it (esp androiauthority)

35. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Of course I'm no WP authority because I started using it less than 5 months ago but even as an Android user, I found LG phones ugly looking compared to HTC and Samsung. Although I wasn't interested in WP then, but I thought the LG WP phones were just as ugly as their Androids. Maybe this is the problem with LG as a phone maker in general. They don't make attractive looking phones, Android or otherwise.

29. dkpitman

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

If LG ignores WP now, they'll be in the same position. Right now people don't buy their android phones, and people weren't buying their WP phones. What changes? They're not making more phones that people wont buy. Adopting android later than other companies is a disadvantage for a little bit. By now they should know the game, but instead they release phones that are forgotten about a week after their release. If they wait to jump into WP, they'll still have the opportunity to make lack luster phones... a rather odd niche.

28. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

well lg is lifes *** anyway so why would microsoft want them on there team only 2 companies need to make windows phones HTC and Nokia all sammy will do is f**k s**t up with there cheap plastci retarted desighn

25. jack1059

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

I'd say lg has the right attitude. If you're not making any money out of it. Hang back. Keep your toe in the wp water and see where it goes. I'm actually surprised more manufacturers aren't doing this. And given that Microsoft has anointed Nokia as the preferred child, I'm doubly surprised. If i was htc I'd be seriously thinking wtf you're s$&:#g me over for Nokia?

23. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As a huge WP fan, I do get a little tired of the bad news. LG may not be an elite device maker anymore, but if I am being honest, and I do try to be, Microsoft cannot afford to lose any WP partners right now. WP 8 (which I wish was hitting the market this Summer instead of this Fall/Winter) is truly an "all in" for Metro UI. It does not need to soar to 30% sales or anything crazy, but it needs to be soaring from the single digit % to at least double digit %. Microsoft really needs as many devices as possible on the shelves when to hit the ground running. Yes, Nokia is the most important, and Samsung and HTC are still in the fold, but it doesn't help perception when you have someone bail on you. Beside, I always felt LG was perfect for WP, as they seem to have problems coming up with a UI experience even close to other Android makers. They didn't have to worry with WP.

33. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

before the Nokia-WP marriage, LG was suppose to be the main partner for WP7. LG was suppose to be what Nokia is now..

19. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

LG phone would have suck less with Windows Phone, since their Android phones are undesirable.

14. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i'm ok with LG ditching wp. they make shiity android phones anyway.

7. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

To be honest.Most of you guys are very ignorant regarding Windows Phone. I personally feel windows phone is superior to Android, BB7 OS, and IOS. If you actually look at hard data WP7 is gaining ground. Albiet slowly but at least it's not going down. People are just having problems swallowing the fact that while android is a great OS it suffers from alot of flaws as well such as fragmentation. I only worry if WP7 doesn't start gaining more ground faster and sooner it will go the way of WEB OS. That also was a great OS.

20. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I'll admit I am ignorant of Windows Phone OS since I never really got a full hands-on approach towards it but that doesn't prove it's superiority. Like every other OS, WP7 has it's flaws and lack of features you might find in the others. I'm sure it'll gain more momentum and ground in the new Windows 8 but alas these mobile operating systems and devices are built and designed to fit your lifestyle.

21. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i love your comment. if my 5 year old can use wp, so can you. Any idiot can use wp right out of the box. ANd what out of this world features that wp doesn't or will have that it lacks? Anyway it may end up like its cousin the xbox from nothing to the best seller out there but who's to know.

6. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

This is because their products are subpar, not because Windows Phone is incapable of moving units.

5. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

So, LG designed a mediocre (at best) phone that nobody liked and they are blaming WP7 platform for it?

10. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

look at the number of WP7 devices sold. it is low. very low. everywhere you go, u see iPhones or Android devices and occasionally a BB. up to now, i have really seen a decent amount Windows Phone devices being used by someone. at most, 10 (so far) also the amount of money LG makes from Android is far greater than what it makes from WP7, LG made one of the best WP7 devices (it WASN'T mediocre), but it just didn't sell. even for other manufacturers (with the exception of Nokia) it is the same. When someone says Samsung, majority of people will think of the Galaxy line, unless you specifically mention WP7, no one really remembers the Omnias. so what LG is doing, business wise, is right. they are focusing more on the platform that is helping them earn money. and LG never blamed WP7 for their weak sales, look at the reports on WP7, it hasn't really caught on. FYI, majority of the WP7 phones i see, is the LG Optimus 7

16. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

All the shiit talkers said the same thing about xbox when it first came out. And look where it is now Sucka!

22. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Xbox and PS3 is more depend on the game quality. ( and US buyer will buy US brand if it good enough ) Smartphone is difference story which is more depend on the OS which WP is not good at all.

37. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The Xbox is not just about game quality or games in general. If you have one, you would know Why it's that awesome of a system.

32. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

can u read u dumbass?! IT HASN"T REALLY CAUGHT ON! it doesnt mean that it wont become a major player, but at the moment it just isnt!

38. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I think it has caught on. Otherwise you wouldn't be saying negative stuff about WP. Hey, even the Waz loves it, whoever he is.

40. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

It is woz u blithering idiot and he is the co founder of Apple. And no it hasn't. Where have I said any negative things about it? I believe WP7 has e potential and will eventually become a major player but the fact is, right now, it isn't. 1% of all smartphone users has a WP7. 1%. So no, it hasn't caught on and tt is a fact. And again, I NEVER said negative stuff about WP7

42. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Lolzz. Ok ok..

2. Jericho unregistered

I think this is not a good move. Lg has made a lot of mistakes and this is one of them. Lg only has a few fans(including me) lg can do better they would've seen better windows phone sales if the optimus 7 screen size was 4-plus. Optimus 2x would've had better sales if it had 1gb of ram and gingerbread. So the sales are purely lg's fault.

3. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

sososososo true! and they dont know how to design their phones, all so ugly :/

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