LG not ditching Windows Phone after all?

On Monday, a report from the Korean Herald website claimed that LG, one of the first smartphone makers to launch a Windows Phone product, no longer has plans to launch any new Windows Phone devices. The article quoted an unnamed LG spokesperson as saying, "The total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure." The article added that LG would concentrate its resources on making Android phones.

Now it looks like LG is backtracking on those comments, at least in part. Pocket-lint.com reports that according to a new statement from an unnamed LG spokesperson, "None of it is true. Korea Herald is showing its speculative side again. We are still on board with Windows Phone, but right now, we're focusing on Android because that's where the demand is." LG's spokesperson added, "Regardless of which OS, LG is committed to offering consumers as wide a choice as possible."

Even with these new statements, the truth is that LG has not released a new Windows Phone product since Windows Phone 7 was launched in the fall of 2010. In the meantime, other smartphone makers like HTC, Samsung and most notably Nokia have all released products in the last six or seven months running the latest version of the Windows Phone OS.

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. In a news post today, WPCentral.com claims they have gotten a hold of a prototype for this smartphone. They have also posted a video of the device, shown below. However, it now seems likely it will never be commercially produced.

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LG are saying it how it is but have to backtrack as to not upset the small but vocal amount of customers who like WP7. Ex LG WP7 customer here.

LG totally failed in smartphone business so I can't believe their mad right choice.
At least, In their country nobody likes crappy LG smart phones.
LG pushes out countless android phones against Samsung but it's not selling well.

LG makes Dynex TV's. Makes me feel a little better about mine (note the italics). That's how much I care about an LG Windows Phone.

Good job LG, focus on being another me too company with very little to differentiate in the sea of Android.

At least in Windows Phone land, you were 'the one with a keyboard'.

Clearly OEMs are waiting for WP8; what is disturbing though is that the absence of new devices could be a further proof that there will not be an upgrade path from Wp7 to WP8

I haven't been particularly interested in any of the LG phones, but I suspect they'll jump back on with WP8. Samsung, and possibly HTC with their One series, look to be dominating Android for the near future.

Sounds like regardless of the words they use, they're "taking a break"... Which is fine by me. LG builds some of the crapiest phones out there anyhow...

M_Lyons10 said,
Sounds like regardless of the words they use, they're "taking a break"... Which is fine by me. LG builds some of the crapiest phones out there anyhow...

Crappiest for WP7.