LG scraps future tablets following Microsoft's Surface arrival

LG is a manufacturer that has tried to take advantage of the tablet market since the announcement of the original iPad, but the company hasn’t had a great deal of success.

When asked about Microsoft’s Surface announcement, the Korean company stated that it “doesn’t see Surface competing with anything we’re focusing on at the moment,” but then indicated that it would be taking a break from the tablet market in an attempt to focus on improving the company's weaknesses.

LG previously released the LG Optimus Pad, and later on in the year it was also announced that the LG Optimus Pad LTE would be released, but it hasn’t yet and we are beginning to question whether it still will following the statement about putting its tablet division on hiatus.

Logically thinking; the move is pretty smart because currently the iPad holds the bigger share of the tablet market, with Samsung and ASUS both releasing a large amount of Android tablets to try and grab the remaining share, and now that Microsoft has entered the fray with Surface, there really wasn't any market for LG. The company aims to focus on strengthening its smartphone line before moving onto tablets again.

Is LG's presence needed in the tablet industry? Can we appreciate LG's decision to not manufacture tablets until the time is right? Please leave your comments in the section below.

Via: Slashgear
Source: Bloomberg

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I'm still wondering if Smartphones will win this race against Tablets... the prices of high-end smartphones and tablets aren't that huge ...

IMO, if .. and only IF, Windows Surface gets their share in the market ( that they will with x86 versions ) Ipad will have a strong war to maintain the lead in the market.

What will happen to Notebook, Netbooks if Surface gets a x86 power enough to replace a notebook...

the next 2 years are going to be a mess to companys not having a clue of what they should invest...

Android tablets have small marketshare and is getting smaller nobody is making any money on them. Even amazon kindle fire is losing ground so its not a surprise that OEM are dropping out.

Melfster said,
Android tablets have small marketshare and is getting smaller nobody is making any money on them. Even amazon kindle fire is losing ground so its not a surprise that OEM are dropping out.

While Apple is clearly dominating the table space I haven't seen anything that said the Android share is getting smaller, do you have a source? Last article I read (on Cnet) said Apple's share was down to 91% from 94.6 and while the Amazon Kindle is "losing ground to the Nook" it's not actually losing market share but holding steady at 0.71% while it's primary rival the Nook "surged" past it to 0.85%. Note that these are the 5th and 7th place Android tablets also (6th is the Motorola Xoom). Samsung Galaxy Tablets are the leading Android Tablets followed by Acer Iconia, Toshiba Thrive, and Asus Transformer. So yes, Android Tablets have a VERY small marketshare but it is NOT getting smaller. That said LG doesn't even show up in the top 10 non-iPad Tablets so it's not surprising they're getting out.

Doesn't this strike you as a bit odd?! Microsoft haven't announced who is actually making the Surface tablets yet and LG pull out of the tablet market place. I smell partnership, with LG making the Microsoft tablets.

Bryer said,
Doesn't this strike you as a bit odd?! Microsoft haven't announced who is actually making the Surface tablets yet and LG pull out of the tablet market place. I smell partnership, with LG making the Microsoft tablets.

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Good decision, and yet too late IMO.

I only see LG getting somewhere on their LCD's... and freezers...

Smartphones.... yes, but they didn't make too much effort like samsung, and now is too much late....

I'd say this is a misleading headline, nothing in the article reads like LG decided yesterday to just not make tablets as a direct reaction to the Surface announcement, nor that they've scrapped anything. It just reads like they've never been too into it in the first place.

Here's the official non-sensationalized title from the ORIGINAL source and not ****ty Slashgear:

LG To Sideline Tablet Development To Focus On Smaller Devices

No big surprise that it had nothing to do with Surface.

Well I use to own one of their tablets, although you would call them convertibles now...they uise to be tablets and non kb's were tablet slates...eitherway think it was the The C1 Express, was a good little thing back in the day but yeah havent seen anything from them since.

I did not know LG made tablets. I mean, I just don't remember seeing an LG tablet being reviewed on YouTube by one of the tech reviewers I sub on YouTube.

I doubt it's because of the Surface, LG just hasn't gotten anywhere in tablets and their smartphone marketshare probably isn't so hot as well. While I like the Surface and it seems like others do as well I don't think it's going to hold back other OEMs from doing their own things anyways. IN the end the Surface is basically a tablet that can become a laptop when you need it but I think there's a strong market for laptops/notebooks that go the other way and become a tablet if needed.

I also think MS did the right thing and delayed the release of the Surface Pro to 3 months after the Surface RT because so far most of the OEMs devices that I have seen coming to market will be x86.

Probably a good idea; there's already a big oversaturation of Android devices out there, it's going to be pretty hard to differentiate yourself from the competition.. going to get lost in the crowd. Don't know if it would be due to the Surface specifically though.

Max Norris said,
Probably a good idea; there's already a big oversaturation of Android devices out there, it's going to be pretty hard to differentiate yourself from the competition.. going to get lost in the crowd. Don't know if it would be due to the Surface specifically though.

Yeah, and LG would be the first company to get lost in the crowd. They're horrible at differentiation... Honestly, I was expecting them to withdraw from the tablet market months ago.