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

1. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

More bad news for Microsoft/Nokia. Nokia should take heed and begin to devise a plan B. Plan A (Microsoft WIndows Mobile) is turning into a true Burning Platform.

8. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

If you still call the platform Windows Mobile, you don't know what you are talking about. LG can't even make worthwhile Android devices. They push with specs, but mare the experience with their terrible skin and complete lack of upgrades to newer versions of the OS. Why would anyone want LG designing a product for them, unless its the screen tech? LG needs to rethink its business, stop making phones, and pour more money into R&D on display panels and their other consumer products.

9. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

LG makes decent phones. to say LG cannot make phones is wrong. and let us rmb, LG is new to the smartphone game, so they time to get their act together

12. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

they need **

13. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i don't think so. they've been around. they only started riding the android bandwagon.

15. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

they've been around, yes. but on the feature market. android was only recent for them

18. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i thought i said they just started riding the android bandwaggon.

26. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

it makes decent phone at best.IMO, LG always try to follow Samsung. It has no originalty as compared to Sony and to a lesser extent, Samsung

17. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

whatever!

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 :/

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

@ Jericho I must say i'm a little stunned by your comment. I didn't realize LG had any fans. I don't see this as being bad for Windows. I mean, I can't imagine anyone (even Jericho) saying "Damn. I want a Windows phone, but the ones from Nokia, Samsung or HTC aren't low end enough. Wish I could get a LG"

11. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

people NEED to stop relegating LG to a low end phone manufacturer. LG makes decent high end phones too

27. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

but thier UI and design is not prominent enough

31. hchristy2013

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I was and still sort of am a fan of LG, almost all of my phones including my first smartphone were lg phones. Voyager, enV, enV2, enV3, enV Touch, Dare, Revere, Octane, Ally, the one with the built in bluetooth ear piece. I forget its name. Then I swiched to the Droid 3 X( Now I have the HTC Rezound. I love the Rezound, but theres just something I miss about my Ally that I am yet to figure out.

24. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Great assessment, Jericho. LG may be hiring upper management soon. Dust off that resume, buddy....

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..

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.

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.

14. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

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