LG puts tablets on hold, focusing on smartphones

LG puts tablets on hold, focusing on smartphones
LG is virtually suspending its tablet development and will instead focus on smartphones, in an environment where Android tablets find it hard to compete with market-dominating iPad.

“We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones,” LG spokesman Ken Hong said.

LG was among the first to jump on the Android tablet waggon with its 3D-enabled 8.9-inch Optimus Pad also known as the T-Mobile G-Slate. The 3D hype didn't seem to impress users, but LG still unveiled an updgraded Optimus Pad LTE tablet earlier this year.

At the same time, this announcements coincidentally happens right after Microsoft lifts the cover off its Surface tablets. The upcoming Surface tablets are allegedly not "competing with anything we’re focusing on at the moment," LG clarified, so it seems that the real reason is squeezing out a margin in a space as competitive as tablets.

LG's renewed focus on smartphones is definitely something that the company needs. Its current portfolio of devices includes phones like the Optimus 4X on the high-end and the L series for the mid and low tier.

source: Bloomberg

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12 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

maybe if they had some support with their "with google" products, they would have had more success. Seriously.. the G-Slate is a pure "with google" product and they cant figure out how to upgrade it. I realize Nvidia is being a bastard with releasing ICS drivers, but there had to be some way to get them to release them.

4. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

I agree. I'm a pleased owner of a G-Slate. I love the capabilities and versatility of the device. I play movies along with my NES games on my tv with mini HDMI out and a bluetoothed Wiimote controller. No question the device has the power to do everything. That said, LG has been criminal in their support for the G-Slate with slow or nonexistent updates and locking bootloaders.

9. frmrVZguy

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

Or....they could be making manufacturing capacity available to produce new Surface tablets. Someone is going to make them (and make money), and MSoft will want the maximum possible quality and vendor relationship experience - unlike certain other vendors where access, language/translation, honesty, leave things to be desired.

2. AbhiD

Posts: 803; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

although it's a very good move by LG to focus on their phones more..., but the thing that has surprised me the most is that a big electronics giant like LG can't focus on phones and tabs simultaneously !!!

3. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

i guess they wanna focus on the segment that brings in more profit. like the article said, ''Android tablets find it hard to compete with market-dominating iPad.''

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

SMART MOVE LG

6. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

yes! it's a smart move. going into tablet will only drain their financial resources.

7. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

That's too bad. Its ok LG. Android tabs aren't big hits anyway, besides the kindle fire, but that's even slowly going downhill.

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Smart move by LG. I'd really like to see LG succeed, they have the hardware and know-how like Samsung, may just need a that one major model like Galaxy S was for Samsung.

10. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Totally onboard with the postings on here. LG needs to get back to their basics, and get their mobile phones back to a position of strength. I wasn't even offended as a WP supporter when they put Windows on the back burner to focus on Android. They have been slumping, and Android is vital to any company wanting to be a top player. Mobile will be better with a rededicated LG returning back to strength. I am sure 2012/2013 will see them putting out better products. The Thrill, the Optimus series, the Revolution, none of those phones where horrible, they just weren't in position to challenge the top devices. Love good competition. Come on LG, earn our money......

11. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Really wise decision.

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

My g-slate was str8 crap before , installing CM9 on it... now its usable ...thanks devs @rootzwiki.com

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