LG: No plans in the near future for a new Windows Phone handset

Microsoft may have announced earlier today that LG is a "new" hardware developer for Windows Phone, but it looks like the Taiwan-based company has no plans to make handsets that use the OS any time in the near future.

Pocket-lint reports that, according to an LG spokesperson at the Mobile World Congress trade show, the company has no Windows Phone devices on their product roadmap yet. The article speculates that even if LG does give the go ahead to make a new Windows Phone product, it won't be released until the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015 at the very earliest.

LG launched two of the first Windows Phone 7 devices back in October 2010 with the LG Optimus 7, shown above, and LG Quantum. However, those phones did not sell well and LG has not released any new devices with the OS since then. A year ago, the company hinted that it would make new Windows Phone products if there was enough demand for them, with a spokesperson saying, "When there's a significant market for it, we will be on board." Today's statements make it sound like LG isn't quite ready to jump into the Windows Phone market yet.

Source: Pocket-lint | Image via LG

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LOL, really, LG are crap, always made crap, lets look at their TV's ... gezzz the worst , rather pay big for a nice Samsung or SONY brand then a LG ...

I have my preference and LG isn't one of them, regardless of how they make what,

EDIT: for some reason, LG remind me of Acer .. don't know why haha

EvilAstroboy said,
LOL, really, LG are crap, always made crap, lets look at their TV's ... gezzz the worst , rather pay big for a nice Samsung or SONY brand then a LG ...

I have my preference and LG isn't one of them, regardless of how they make what,

EDIT: for some reason, LG remind me of Acer .. don't know why haha

You say that LG are crap, and have always been crap, yet the reviews of the G2 and Nexus 4 have been excellent. And if the reviews of the Nexus 5 are as good, they'll be three for three. I'd say that's a good run of form for the company.

Granted their phones prior weren't great, but based on their recent releases, I think that they'd make a decent Windows Phone too.

M_Lyons10 said,
So, LG has released 2 good phones?

I'm glad to hear that, but it's just not a stellar track record...

It finally showed that they are capable of improving
They have not made a single phone I liked for years before, so I am willing to give them a chance! I would not dismiss that the people who design for them changed, and we will see more good designs in future.

Obviously some people dont think so. We will have to wait and see.
(unless you are a WP+Nokia hardcore fan.. then you already made up your mind.. and its pointless to discuss it)

EvilAstroboy said,
they make crap anyway ... NOKIA, FTW!!

LG G2, N4, N5...all got really good reviews.

LG may have made bad phones in the past, but their past few have been really good. Companies suck at times and people just cannot seem to get over that and give that company a try again. Even if the fact that they have been doing well now is staring them straight in the face.

M_Lyons10 said,
So, LG has released 2 good phones?

I'm glad to hear that, but it's just not a stellar track record...

N4, N5, LG G2, LG G Flex...all have gotten good reviews. And there is a rumor that LG is making Google's smart watch as well. So I would say LG has been doing much much better as of late.

I would recommend an LG made phone over a Samsung any day.

LG phones ARE crap. Not only do they have plenty of Android models with issues, their Windows Phone, the Optimus 7, was a time bomb. The Wi-Fi module of the phone eventually malfunctions and the phone gets stuck at boot.

My Optimus 7 died 1 week after the warranty expired. #### LG and their phones.

Seketh said,
LG phones ARE crap. Not only do they have plenty of Android models with issues, their Windows Phone, the Optimus 7, was a time bomb. The Wi-Fi module of the phone eventually malfunctions and the phone gets stuck at boot.

My Optimus 7 died 1 week after the warranty expired. #### LG and their phones.

You did not hear about how it was possible for company to turn around at some point?? Like most successful brands do, when they realize just how much one of their popular departments suck?

Seketh said,

My Optimus 7 died 1 week after the warranty expired. #### LG and their phones.

Have you even tried an LG device since your Optimus 7...which is a 4 year old device now.

LG have seriously stepped their game up recently

I used to hate their phones until last year. Now with G2 and Nexus, they showed they can make good designed phones Just got a cheap clamshell dumb phone from them, and even that is pleasant to use.

I see they are in no rush to make a win phone, and it is good. They better what for the next improved revision. 2015 and WP 9 might finally be great, considering the improvement 8 brought over 7... and the merging of Windows RT + Phone (if they do it)

The newer phones do seem to be better. Hopefully they can innovate a bit more and have better support for their products.

I used to think LG stood for Le Garbage, but they're starting to change.

So why did those fools at Microsoft go and announce them as "new" partners, did they not actually talk to them about releasing WP devices? Guess they were desperate for something to announce but this is embarrassing for Microsoft.

Not necessarily. My understanding is that LG have signed on as a partner, but they're not yet ready to make a phone running the OS. My guess is that LG have signed on so that they can choose exactly when they want to start making WP smartphones, without the rigmarole of going through Microsoft contract negotiations at a later date.

efjay said,
So why did those fools at Microsoft go and announce them as "new" partners, did they not actually talk to them about releasing WP devices? Guess they were desperate for something to announce but this is embarrassing for Microsoft.

Maybe because they signed a long term partnership... I agree though, for LG to straight up say NO PLANS, is embarrassing to for MS.

If the deal is new, 1-2 months old, then they don't have anything to talk about so soon. And WP8.1 isn't officially out of the bag so no one's saying anything about new devices for that yet.

Even the Lumia 630 leak was tagged as a WP8 device and not a 8.1 when I saw it.

With the Microsoft announcement of expanding driver and hardware support for WP, this is irrelevant.

LG doesn't have to make a WP, they can just load WP on an existing Android device and sell it.

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