Only 2 million LG G2s sold until now? Sales reportedly affected by the launch of Nexus 5

Earlier this year, when LG released its G2 flagship smartphone, it said that it hoped to sell 10 million units around the globe. However, it doesn’t look like the company’s expectations will be met.

According to a DigiTimes report based on the chatter of unnamed industry sources, LG sold just over 2 million G2 units until now. Allegedly, the release of Google Nexus 5 shortly after the G2 affected sales of the latter. The Nexus 5 is significantly cheaper, while offering a relatively similar set of specs. The new Nexus also has the advantage of offering Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, while the G2 is still running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. You can check out our Nexus 5 vs LG G2 article for a closer look at the two handsets and the differences between them.

Since the Nexus 5 is also made by LG, the South Korean company is probably not too affected by this. And perhaps the manufacturer will have better luck with its next flagship smartphone, the G3 (expected to be released in the second half of 2014).

DigiTimes also talks about the low sales numbers of HTC’s One and Huawei’s Ascend P6. While exact sales figures for HTC’s flagship aren’t known, the P6 seems to have been sold in about 3 million units (7 million less than Huawei was planning to sell). The Taiwanese publication further notes that disappointing sales of flagship devices could seriously affect market share rankings next year. However, it's too early to tell if that's the case, as we first have to wait for official figures from manufacturers to have a clear view of the whole picture.

source: DigiTimes

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Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Note 3 is by far the best. Nothing close to it except G2.


Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Nexus 5 is junk compared to G2. I sold my No after 3 days. Hated it. Cheap feeling phone with a horrible screen.

74. BomberXL

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

i will say, i have a VERY specific need set with phones, that the LG G2 fits perfectly. The design and layout is favorable to my taste. that being said, i completely understand how it doesnt work for the majority market, and thats probably why it isnt doing well.

73. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Great smartphone, but for example I see LG phones from the L seires on display but no G2. People need to be able to feel the phone UI. When the LUMIA 920 hit Israel, I saw stages with sales reps and at least 20-30 working devices to try. And guess what - I started to see people with Lumias suddenly.

70. MAG33

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

If you look at the cover back you will notice that the both phones is written lg. If g2 is selling poorly for the buyer means low price smartphone.However the g2 worth because even the superior battery.Nexus4 owners know what I mean...

68. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This is true and I would have bought the LG G2 is the Nexus 5 didn't exist or only used a S600 chipset. I am completely fine with the build quality and materials used. LG screwed up on two things mainly. First, The 5.2 inch screen is too big. If they went with a bezel less 5 inch screen the G2 would have been only slightly bigger than the Moto G or if they went with a 4.7 inch 1080 p screen then it would have been SMALLER than the Moto X and that would have been brilliant. They kind of wasted the first almost bezel less design by making the screen too big. Second, it totally went against the LG great looks. The G2 is very ugly which is shocking because the Optimus G, Prada phones, and a lot of their low end phones are gorgeous. As for HTC and Huawei, well HTC is a lost cause and I think Huawei has a lot of potential. China SHOULD eventually take over the smartphone world if they play their cards right. Whether it is Huawei or some other company who knows.

52. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

I'd buy a LG with BB10

47. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

I had some cheap feelings when I hold it also my n4 was similar built I was much happier with n3 made by Sammy

45. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

SSomehow boring design and still made by LG that is on Chinese level

59. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


41. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011


57. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


63. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Sad that phonearena removed thumb down. Ridiculous ignorant assertions should be thumbed down.

37. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I own a G2 and I love it, just hope they will support it with updates soon or I will regret not paying the extra $100 and getting the Note 3

36. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

I stick with my Sony forever. LG has one common problem Which is the brand name, I mean it LG sound so pathetic on A smart phone, people buy nexus because of Google and Believing its google phone. Look at what they did to the G2 Placing the brand logo in front makes the whole phone look Very ugly . Smart people hate that logo and name, nobody In my country will buy an LG smart phone, is not even known, Retailers don't even sale it because of poor sales and lack of Brand recognition. Imagine someone asking what kind of phone Are you using and u tell the person LG G2 its so ridiculous and absurd . In my country we want to hear u mention, Iphone, Galaxy and Xperia and u will be counted among people that owns a smartphone. Am talking about Nigeria.

62. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And being counted among the people that own a smartphone is an achievement? I am quite ashamed of such ridiculous reasons you just gave. With so many Nigerian friends who are techy I am quite sure your comments will be an insult to their integrity. But hey: ignorance can be exhibited publicly.

66. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

fu@@ck NIGERIA the rest of the world LG is a brand for their phones and smart tv

35. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

What hurt the sales of the LG G2, were crappy button position on the back of the phone! They were hard to use and to get use too! I had one and tried for about a month and just couldn't get use to the buttons on the back!! Had to look just to use them. I sold it on eBay and bought an S4, Couldn't be happier!

42. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Hi! I have a G2! The buttons are not a problem, and I got used to them in just 3 days or so!! I have been using it from start and couldn't be happier!

49. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I did just the opposite ... sold my Note 3 and got G2 and I couldn't be happier!

61. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

For the reason of your dislike of the control button at the back makes it "crappy" in your opinion? Making crappy statements hurts business and innovations. I want to believe that if either Samsung or Apple came up with the idea, it would have been a one in a lifetime innovation? I have S4 and LG G2. I love them both.

34. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I gave the G2 a chance, actually two chances, and ended up returning both devices. Like Samsung, all their software is just a bunch of gimmicks. My friend is working on his third unit. And lets not get into the radio issues, at the end I settle with the Moto X. From an objective point of view, it doesn't matter how many cores, butter, candy, and memory oems placed in these devices, they lag, stutter and glitchy

32. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I was amazed with apple, they are able to be very successful even without flooding the market as other companies in doing.

58. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Your point is? Considering you chose apple, would you care to tell how and why? Having to release three types of iphones within a space of 6 months is not "flooding" in your opinion is it?

29. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Samsung and Apple are destroying the competition thats why LG, Htc, Huawei etc...are getting poor sales, even Sony have been extremely quiet about the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra sales. The Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Note 2, Apple iPhone5S, iPhone5C, iPhone5 and iPhone4S are all still big sellers, I bet the top 10 list of best selling smartphones in 2013 is nothing but Apple and Samsung. We are at a critical point now where we have two GIGANTIC players with billions of $s to blow on Marketing and R&D, things are going to get very ugly for the other players if this does not change soon.

28. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Lg doesn't deserve this, they had made a lot of effort to make one of the best phones of 2013 and had marketed the g2 well enough. I hope consumers will soon realize how ugly the product they're suporting is(cough fruit) and how great other competitors are

23. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

This is a mathematical impossibility, there's such a shortage on the Nexus 5 that it cannot take 8.000.000 potential G2 buyers away, maybe 800.000, but the Nexus line-up is still geekclusive, so it could be a lot less.

22. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

LG needs agressive marketing like Samsung. The device itself isn't bad. As an LG user, I'm satisfied with my LG phone.

21. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Competition from future proof phone which gets very good updates from it own home, and bad reputation of LG for not giving updates or late updates.

18. clayton

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

I Live in Ghana, and I can count not less than six samsung shops in my town alone where I can go and get for myself any samsung phone or tablet. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for other OEMs. Thats the reason why the galaxy line of products will continue to sell very than others regardless of how well they are made. Samsung is committed to marketing its products and it is paying off.

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