LG: No more Windows Phones, for now

LG has never really thrown itself into the Windows Phone ecosystem like some other manufacturers, like Nokia, HTC and even Samsung. Its first-generation Windows Phone 7 devices - the Optimus 7 and US-only QWERTY-equipped Quantum - didn't exactly wow the crowds; their lacklustre displays and low-rent look and feel saw LG capture only a small fraction of the already-tiny Windows Phone market.

The clearest indication of LG's shrinking interest in the platform was the company's one and only second-generation handset. While other manufacturers were launching new devices to coincide with the major OS improvements brought in Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango', LG launched the E906 (bizarrely marketed as a 'designer' device despite just being an Optimus 7 in light drag). When it came to Windows Phone, LG wasn't really trying any more.


It's designer!

We heard earlier this year of a new Windows Phone en route, the Miracle, but its launched turned out to be a miracle too far, as we soon learned of rumours claiming that LG had now turned its back on Windows Phone. A few raised their eyebrows when it appeared that those rumours might have been untrue, but since then, we've heard nothing of LG's plans for Microsoft's mobile OS - although we did report that LG seems to have put several of its tablet products on hold, following Microsoft's Surface tablet announcement.

Indeed, since then, all we've seen from LG's mobile division is a steady stream of Android devices, and it seems that that's how it's going to stay. At the launch of the Optimus G last week, CNET reports that Jong Seok, CEO of LG Mobile Communications, said that the company has "no specific plans for other mobile platforms". Following the endless speculation over the firm's future in the Windows Phone ecosystem, this finally appears to confirm that LG is putting all of its eggs in the Android basket.

His comments come weeks after LG started shipping Android handsets to owners of its Windows Phones seeking warranty repair or replacement, as stocks of its Windows Phone handsets are now depleted, as WMPowerUser reported.

Source: CNET | Image edited from an original via Pockethacks

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If Windows Phone was a winning and amazing platform companies would be rushing to make phones using it and not taking a hiatus with a different OS.

fine by me. the optimus sort of sucked anyways so I don't trust them to make a good handset anyways. Honestly, at this point, samsung and nokia are the top hardware makers, imo.

(shrug!)

I'd totally buy an LG washer and dryer (looking for a good deal on front loads - any leads?) - but LG phones... not so much.

BigBoy said,
(shrug!)

I'd totally buy an LG washer and dryer (looking for a good deal on front loads - any leads?) - but LG phones... not so much.

I own a LG washer and dryer and they are excellent; I do not miss my previous Miele ones which is a huge achievement IMO.

Man, all these people on neoWIN bitching about WINdows phone.... go to isheep.com and leave us alone. LG sucks, good they're not even trying. I hope mainly the quality manufacturers concentrate on making windows phones. Nokia so far has been making the best quality hardware in my experience. I got enough (many broken) Androids and iPhones at home to throw at people and have no interest in using any of them for anything but testing apps and SDK's...

they can close the door in their way out
too scared to compete with three Giants NOKIA, HTC and SAMSUNG
1 goes out and 2 comes in Hauwei and zte

subcld said,
they can close the door in their way out
too scared to compete with three Giants NOKIA, HTC and SAMSUNG
1 goes out and 2 comes in Hauwei and zte

Nokia a giant? Lol

stevan said,

Nokia a giant? Lol

Yes, they still have the largest number of phones in the world so that would make them a giant.

stevan said,

Nokia a giant? Lol

€40 billion revenue, 120k employees. What do you call that then?

You can b*tch about Samsung having like 5 times more, but don't forget they make a sh*tload of other products (monitors, fridges, whatever), while Nokia only produces cellphones and their accessories.

So yeah, Nokia is one heck of a giant, any way you look at it.

bviktor said,

€40 billion revenue, 120k employees. What do you call that then?

You can b*tch about Samsung having like 5 times more, but don't forget they make a sh*tload of other products (monitors, fridges, whatever), while Nokia only produces cellphones and their accessories.

So yeah, Nokia is one heck of a giant, any way you look at it.

I wouldn't call a company whose share price has fallen from a high of US$40 in 2007 to under US$3 in 2012. So now, definitely not a giant, more like a sinking ship.

It's rating has been downgraded to junk, it's heavily dependent on WP, which itself isn't established yet and it's been laying off people left, right and center.

In mobile industry, which this thread is about, there are only two companies which can be called giants. We both know who they are. The rest are only minor players.

stevan said,

Nokia a giant? Lol


yep they are like it or not i suggest you go on a tripe out side Canada and see it your self
there is only one company can go head to head with nokia

subcld said,

yep they are like it or not i suggest you go on a tripe out side Canada and see it your self
there is only one company can go head to head with nokia

I'm in Croatia right now doing some traveling and I see tons of "outdated" Nokia phones. You know, the ones running Symbian? Funny thing, I haven't noticed a single one running Windows Phone.

So no, like the previous two comments that were wrong, Nokia is not a giant. I can understand they once were, but nowadays they are a failing company desperately needing Windows Phone to take off.

There's a lot of mumblings around the interwebz about Android becoming almost a toxic property with Apple's recent court successes. Android is also starting to get tainted by the "they all look more or less the same" feeling that Apple got 3 generations ago. There also lots of rumblings about how Apple has lost it's way and no longer innovate, which can only mean the inevitable decline of the iSheep.

The future therefore is looking quite rosy for the WP platform, especially if companies continue to innovate on the hardware side like Nokia has with the 820 and 920. LG clearly didn't put any effort into making a good product, that's why it didn't sell.

I do like how that new LG phone looks like (I can't even remember its name) but in the end, it'll be Nokia for me.

It's a bit of a shame. LG always had pretty good hardware but horrible software. With Windows Phone you had pretty decent (and cheap) hardware with relatively good software (depending on your taste). In fact, the LG Optimus 7 was extremely cheap only a few months after it's launch.

Ambroos said,
It's a bit of a shame. LG always had pretty good hardware but horrible software. With Windows Phone you had pretty decent (and cheap) hardware with relatively good software (depending on your taste). In fact, the LG Optimus 7 was extremely cheap only a few months after it's launch.

i NEVER actually seen LG cell phone i loved. EVER. there was always a better device by samsung, htc, apple, nokia. Not even once the LG actually outshined anyone.

Their android devices are crap too.

efjay said,
Honestly dont think any WP users will miss them.
I would go even as far as saying LG could drop off the face of the Earth in terms of mobile industry, and no one would care.

I agree 100%. When I see the LG phones, I think "I would never buy that". The LG Windows phones were particularly dull and it's best for everyone if they stop trying.

a1ien said,
I agree 100%. When I see the LG phones, I think "I would never buy that". The LG Windows phones were particularly dull and it's best for everyone if they stop trying.

My carrier only offered the HTC 7 Surround, and LG Optimus 7, my HTC 7 Surround was in for warranty work and I had a optimus 7 as a loaner phone, I regret getting the optimus 7 instead.

JHBrown said,
I own a Samsung Focus!

then your comment doesn't exactly make sense coming from you, who owns a windows phone... Wouldn't you support it in the smartphone universe rather than shoot it down like that??

aviator189 said,

then your comment doesn't exactly make sense coming from you, who owns a windows phone... Wouldn't you support it in the smartphone universe rather than shoot it down like that??

Probably the effects of "air force"...