LG: No plans for new Windows Phone products

LG was one of the first smartphone makers to launch a product with Microsoft's Windows Phone inside. Now it looks like the company is backing away from its support of the mobile OS. The Korean Herald website (via WPCentral.com) states that, according to an LG spokesperson, the company has no plans to release a new Windows Phone device. The spokesperson is quoted as saying, "The total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure."

There is the possibility that LG could change its mind. The spokesperson said that the company is continuing its "research and development efforts" on Windows Phone. The article also mentions that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be making a business trip to LG's home country of South Korea in late May. It speculates that Ballmer could meet with LG executives to discuss Windows Phone developments.

The company launched both the LG Quantum and the LG Optimus 7 in the fall of 2010 as part of the first wave of smartphones based on Windows Phone. There were rumors that LG was planning to launch a new Windows Phone device this year under the name the LG Miracle or LG Fantasy. Even though Internet websites posted leaked photos of the product, the phone was never actually launched.

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I don't blame them and I predict more manufacturers to follow. no point in making a product no one buys. its called supply and demand

Sonne said,
I don't blame them and I predict more manufacturers to follow. no point in making a product no one buys. its called supply and demand

Is that why Nokia can't keep Lumia's in stock? lol You don't gain market share the first day of release. You have to give something like this some time. It's a rather simple concept really.

M_Lyons10 said,

Is that why Nokia can't keep Lumia's in stock? lol You don't gain market share the first day of release. You have to give something like this some time. It's a rather simple concept really.

Give it some time? Like wait until 7.5 is out, wait until the Lumia line launches, wait until Apollo etc, etc, etc...Its been a year and a half and WP only has 2.5% market share, Android had over 20% market share after its first 18 months, thats nearly TEN TIMES WP's current share....not double, not triple, TEN TIMES.

The wait is over lol

What the Optimus 7 lacks in style in makes up for in substance: solid construction, hardware buttons, 16 GB of storage, affordable price, easy to read screen = a very good value IMO.

rdlind said,
What the Optimus 7 lacks in style in makes up for in substance: solid construction, hardware buttons, 16 GB of storage, affordable price, easy to read screen = a very good value IMO.
That was exactly my toughts. I bought an Optimus 7 after Window Phone launch and it is working as usual. The phone is great and the construction quality is something rare from LG (as many have posted above, with or without merit).

From all the launch phones, the Optimus 7 was the one I ended buying because of it tactile buttons and built quality.

I don't mind they dropping plans for new phones. I have my mind set at WP8 launch and the new gen of devices that will see the light from other OEM's.

I'd buy a LG washer and dryer... but phones... have you seen them? Wow. Better stick to washers and dryers, IMO... or hire a designer.

they can keep on trying to beat samsung htc and motorola.... oh if they ever beat huawei zte and other chinese phone maker too...

Im so optimistic about LG smartphones quality, software support, battery life, and user interface...

kravex said,
I'm sure they'll do better competing with Samsung and HTC in the Android market...

At least they can (try to) compete with them on even footing. Competing against Nokia with it's special WP perks isn't even a fair playing field. I wouldn't get a non-Nokia WP phone after that deal was made and if I was a phone manufacturer I wouldn't look at WP unless I could get a similar deal.

Asmodai said,
At least they can (try to) compete with them on even footing. Competing against Nokia with it's special WP perks isn't even a fair playing field. I wouldn't get a non-Nokia WP phone after that deal was made and if I was a phone manufacturer I wouldn't look at WP unless I could get a similar deal.
Which deal? The one where they negotiated with Microsoft for advertising money? Or the one where Nokia contractually has the ability, but not the desire [as it would destroy the ecosystem], to modify the WP OS?

Any one of these manufacturers could have negotiated that for themselves, but they chose to go the multi-platform route, which is entirely their prerogative.

The thing that will keep me as a Nokia customer is solid design alongside solid build quality, which is something that Samsung has dumped in favor of higher profit margins (I like my Samsung Focus S, but it does feel closer to cheap than anything else and it definitely does not have anything like Gorilla Glass on it, which is why the screen has two scratches on it from my pocket). Similarly, HTC has seemingly solid build quality (both the Titan and Titan II feel very nice in the hand), but they lacked imagination in the design department at least until the HTC One X. Finally, LG only put out a decent looking phone outside of the US, and they brought the worst WP to market on AT&T, which was unattractive, small, clunky, and extremely heavy, but it did have a hardware keyboard.

Nokia will lose me as a customer if they decide to start diverging from WP, or if they destroy their build quality by moving to lower cost factories (Apple seems to pull it off with Foxconn, so we'll see if Nokia can also pull it off).

pickypg said,
Which deal? The one where they negotiated with Microsoft for advertising money? Or the one where Nokia contractually has the ability, but not the desire [as it would destroy the ecosystem], to modify the WP OS?

Any one of these manufacturers could have negotiated that for themselves, but they chose to go the multi-platform route, which is entirely their prerogative.

The thing that will keep me as a Nokia customer is solid design alongside solid build quality, which is something that Samsung has dumped in favor of higher profit margins (I like my Samsung Focus S, but it does feel closer to cheap than anything else and it definitely does not have anything like Gorilla Glass on it, which is why the screen has two scratches on it from my pocket). Similarly, HTC has seemingly solid build quality (both the Titan and Titan II feel very nice in the hand), but they lacked imagination in the design department at least until the HTC One X. Finally, LG only put out a decent looking phone outside of the US, and they brought the worst WP to market on AT&T, which was unattractive, small, clunky, and extremely heavy, but it did have a hardware keyboard.

Nokia will lose me as a customer if they decide to start diverging from WP, or if they destroy their build quality by moving to lower cost factories (Apple seems to pull it off with Foxconn, so we'll see if Nokia can also pull it off).

I have to agree on Samsung. I've owned several Samsung phones, and with the exception of incredibly quiet speakers, the build quality was always very good. The most recent phones I've seen from them have kind of felt like they're on the path to becoming the next LG. I hope that is not the case.

And I don't see the problem with the Nokia deal either. the other OEM's could have done the same thing and opted not to.

How many windows phones did LG release anyway? One? Two? I don't even remember because whenever I saw one it was so ugly and unappealing I immediatelly forgot all about it. Good riddance I say.

EDIT: Even the Jil Sander "premium design" by LG was the worst thing ever. Ew.

Koki.v3 said,
How many windows phones did LG release anyway? One? Two? I don't even remember because whenever I saw one it was so ugly and unappealing I immediatelly forgot all about it. Good riddance I say.

EDIT: Even the Jil Sander "premium design" by LG was the worst thing ever. Ew.

The jil sanders was a rebrand of the e900, aka Optimus 7. The same phone I own at the moment and to be honest, its one of the few that offered clickable back and search buttons.
However, LG did implement them as some type of rocker button and while I can use it because my thumbs are big and provide even pressure over the button, I don't think it'd give a very good tactile feed back to people who want a clicky button for that reason.

Koki.v3 said,
How many windows phones did LG release anyway? One? Two? I don't even remember because whenever I saw one it was so ugly and unappealing I immediatelly forgot all about it. Good riddance I say.

EDIT: Even the Jil Sander "premium design" by LG was the worst thing ever. Ew.

They do make some ugly phones. The Jill Sanders was an interesting phone honestly. It was LG's attempt at getting a device out there that, had they marketed properly, would have probably been popular amongst women. Even though the quality was probably still poor. Instead, they couldn't even get that right and now Nokia is taking that market with the 710.

Here's an LG. Maybe if you wanted to seriously sell Windows Phones, maybe you should not release a phone with the minimum specs allowed, when all others had higher specs. Maybe you should release something that looks more appealing than a weak old bar of soap? Maybe you should innovate in some way? Oh, LG isn't known for that? Well, guess we won't be needing you LG. If you want to compete with Androids v12 in a corolla attitude and iphones Camry with lexus interior, then well, you need to do more than release a camry with a corolla engine.

Was thinking the same thing FarCry3r, was nice LG jumped on for the launch but not innovating on those initial almost prototypes, not sure what they expected.

Osiris said,
Was thinking the same thing FarCry3r, was nice LG jumped on for the launch but not innovating on those initial almost prototypes, not sure what they expected.

They expected what they got. Initial buyers who were looking to get their hands on the new Windows Phone OS, first to market with a phone with hopes of early adopters could have earned them a nice small market share right off the bat.

Unfortunatly, when everyone is whooning over the sleak designs of the iphones at the time and the colourful android OS, you have a LG phone that is stuck in prototype design stages and an OS that doesn't really inspire people remember LG's windows phones at the time were only 7.0 devices too.

sagum said,

They expected what they got. Initial buyers who were looking to get their hands on the new Windows Phone OS, first to market with a phone with hopes of early adopters could have earned them a nice small market share right off the bat.

Unfortunatly, when everyone is whooning over the sleak designs of the iphones at the time and the colourful android OS, you have a LG phone that is stuck in prototype design stages and an OS that doesn't really inspire people remember LG's windows phones at the time were only 7.0 devices too.

The initial release of Windows Phone wasn't the issue. Other OEM's have had much better success with it. It was that comparing an HTC or a Samsung to these ugly and poorly cobbled together LG phones, there was just no comparison.

Good, we don't need cheap, ugly and plastic Android designs with different OS.

Seriously, LG produces the ugliest cell phones, even worse than Motorola

FoxieFoxie said,
Good, we don't need cheap, ugly and plastic Android designs with different OS.

Seriously, LG produces the ugliest cell phones, even worse than Motorola

Agreed. Motorola and LG are the two dinosaurs in this industry really. They just never move forward. When they do stumble into a design that isn't butt ugly, they release revision after revision until nobody wants it anymore. And though Motorolla doesn't have horrible build quality, LG most certainly does.

LG
"The total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure."

TBH, LG produces the ugliest WP phone of all time. That may explain why it's not taking off.

FarCry3r said,

TBH, LG produces the ugliest WP phone of all time. That may explain why it's not taking off.

Not to mention the cheapest build quality. No loss as far as I'm concerned...

LG makes decent dumb phones, but that's about it. Everyone I know that's gotten anything more has had problem after problem.

M_Lyons10 said,

Not to mention the cheapest build quality. No loss as far as I'm concerned...

LG makes decent dumb phones, but that's about it. Everyone I know that's gotten anything more has had problem after problem.

I guess I'm one of the few people who actually like my LG Windows Phone. I actually went with the LG because it had tactile back and search buttons, something that none of the other Windows Phones offered at the time.

My last phone was a sony ericsson and that felt to bits with in a month, the speaker became distorted over time and the case colour came off making it look like a 6 year old phone in as many months. Not impressed as I paid extra for the sony brand name after a lot of people told me it'd be worth it for the quality.

M_Lyons10 said,

Not to mention the cheapest build quality. No loss as far as I'm concerned...

LG makes decent dumb phones, but that's about it. Everyone I know that's gotten anything more has had problem after problem.

Agree 100%. I have an LG WP. Never dropped it, yet somehow the casing is cracked. That would never be possible with a quality phone.

sagum said,

I guess I'm one of the few people who actually like my LG Windows Phone. I actually went with the LG because it had tactile back and search buttons, something that none of the other Windows Phones offered at the time.

My last phone was a sony ericsson and that felt to bits with in a month, the speaker became distorted over time and the case colour came off making it look like a 6 year old phone in as many months. Not impressed as I paid extra for the sony brand name after a lot of people told me it'd be worth it for the quality.


physical buttons was the only good thing about LG Windows Phones. but it's almost as if their tech is so outdated or cheap that they can't even make capacitive buttons.

х.iso said,

physical buttons was the only good thing about LG Windows Phones. but it's almost as if their tech is so outdated or cheap that they can't even make capacitive buttons.

Yeah, and their cases just seem cheaper than anyone elses... I've never seen one that was in good shape after even just a few months...

I can appreciate some people wanting actual buttons and such, and I agree that those options should be there. It's really a shame if you think about it that LG of all companies was the only one able to offer that to users... Especially when there are much better OEM's out there.