LG looking for partners to enrich its "Friends" and modules ecosystem
Of course, in order for an ecosystem to be alluring to customers, it also has to be rich and engaging, with various hardware and software solutions, which would entice users to buy into and stay in it. LG, naturally, gets that, so the company has extended a proposition to numerous developers — both hardware and software — to participate in its Playground.
LG held a G5 and Friends Developers Conference at Nuri Dream Square in Seoul, South Korea, on the 17th of March. There, the company explained that anyone who wishes to develop software or hardware for the Playground ecosystem will soon be able to, thanks to software development and hardware development kits, which are to be released through developer.lge.com in April. Partners will be able to sell their products through www.lgfriends.com — a website, launching on the 18th of April — and will share profits with LG, of course. Additionally, to increase interest among developers, LG will be holding a module ideas contest some time in April, though, it is currently unclear what the reward for it would be.
LG's G5 is expected to hit markets on the 31st of March, priced at $799.99 unlocked. Its first two modules – the Cam Plus and Hi-Fi Plus will don price-tags around the $85 and $160 marks respectively. Pricings on the Rolling Bot, 360 Cam, and 360 VR Goggles are still a mystery.