Rumor: 2013 to be the year LG returns to Windows Phone

The last time we saw LG officially release any sort of Windows Phone hardware was way back at the launch of Windows Phone 7, when they released two first-generation devices (the Optimus 7 and Quantum). Since then there have been whispers of new devices here and there, but nothing concrete and certainly nothing Windows Phone 8 related; however this could change if a report from the Korea Times is correct.

The LG Optimus 7 was a pretty unremarkable device

When speaking to a senior executive from a local LG partner it was revealed that LG has "some new smartphones in the works that will run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8", while also revealing that the company hopes to sell 75 million phones in 2013. This comes despite two reports in 2012 at different stages of the year that asserted LG had nothing Windows Phone-related in the pipeline, as well as mentioning that sales of Windows Phone devices were "not a meaningful figure".

With Windows Phone gathering ground thanks to the most recent release, plus a brand new range of significantly improved hardware lead by HTC and Nokia, it's not surprising that LG is reassessing the market while potentially having devices in development. The quote from Korea Times doesn't shed a whole lot of light on what's in store for LG and Windows Phone, but it's looking likely that 2013 will see LG return.

Source: Korea Times via: WPCentral | Image via LG

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Well, never again LG...
Bought the LG optimus 7, was a complete nightmare, had to get it fixed a few months after - now at two years old the thing is falling apart, and no support for software.

Im upgrading to a Lumia 920 on Friday, while on contract. At least Nokia can provide quality hardware and stay with their customers with software updates/fixes.

auziez said,
Well, never again LG...
Bought the LG optimus 7, was a complete nightmare, had to get it fixed a few months after - now at two years old the thing is falling apart, and no support for software.

Im upgrading to a Lumia 920 on Friday, while on contract. At least Nokia can provide quality hardware and stay with their customers with software updates/fixes.


I had an Optimus 7 and it was a heap of sh**. Upgraded to 920 and its like night and day. It just works and it's still a novelty to have a phone that can reliably get a gps fix and has a compass that can tell when I'm turning around, whilst keeping a signal to the network. All things my lg had trouble with. Will never buy another LG. i know a few people who've had lgs and none of them will buy another!

mog0, While I've not had any of them problems with my Optimus 7 (and I'm still using it) the fact that LG have abandoned the handset for the 7.8 upgrade has made me not want to get another phone from them. I'd be quite happy if LG never made another Windows Phone ever again. For a first gen hardware, it was pretty much the same across the board. It's only LG's branding and certification that needs to be done to push 7.8 to the handsets but they don't want to support their customers. It's a worrying situation that I really don't want to get mixed up in if they decide to run away from any other software problems with their new phones.

The way things stand, I'm pretty sure I'll be getting a Lumia for my next phone upgrade.

georgevella said,
Considering the nexus 4 fiasco, I'd prefer this remains a rumour.

So not being able to match the demand for your product is awful now? Guess Nokia better wind down 920 Production then *facepalm*

thealexweb said,

So not being able to match the demand for your product is awful now? Guess Nokia better wind down 920 Production then *facepalm*

People want the N4 but they can't get it because of supply issues and you think that is okay (or not 'awful' as you put it)? Lost sales because of your supplier, and you think that I was wrong, that it's not a fiasco on LG's part? Let's not forget the supposed rumour that they stopped production of the N4 after two months. If that's not bad in your books than I don't know what is.

Conspiracy Theory:

2012 - LG screwed Google.
2013 - LG will Screw Microsoft.
2014 - LG will work with Apple to screw them over too.

2015 - LG releases it's own operating system. Success!

Mark your calendars folks!

/s Stupid LG.

nekkidtruth said,
Conspiracy Theory:

2012 - LG screwed Google.
2013 - LG will Screw Microsoft.
2014 - LG will work with Apple to screw them over too.

2015 - LG releases it's own operating system. Success!

Mark your calendars folks!

/s Stupid LG.

LG being a main supplier for Apple and the iPhone is already screwing Apple. It is also why Apple was able to constrict LG's product plans over the past few years, threatening them for putting out competing product from Apple.

This is also why LG is going back to Windows Phone, as Apple doesn't consider it a threat on the same level as Android and cannot use legal measure to prevent the sales of Windows Phones because of Microsoft's patent suitcase, which is a protection any producer of Windows Phone devices get.

LG is goofy, Apple is predatory.

F*** LG.

Their support for the Optimus 7 was terrible.

Don't get me wrong, LG is great at hardware, I love my Optimus 7, but their software support is incredibly awful.

LG needs to stick to what it's good at, TV's and Monitors.

Neowin still needs to fix the annoying log in that drags you to the forums after..

RawGutts said,
LG needs to stick to what it's good at, TV's and Monitors.

Neowin still needs to fix the annoying log in that drags you to the forums after..

LG does something good? Honestly their TV and monitors are not that great. If LG exited the consumer electronics industry, nobody would miss them.

RawGutts said,
LG needs to stick to what it's good at, TV's and Monitors.

Neowin still needs to fix the annoying log in that drags you to the forums after..

I bought a 60 inch LED LG TV a month ago and it was terrible, the worst uniformity I've seen on a dark screen. Glad I kept all of the packaging materials as it was quickly returned.

tsupersonic said,
LG does something good? Honestly their TV and monitors are not that great. If LG exited the consumer electronics industry, nobody would miss them.

LG is the leader in IPS displays. Chances are, if you're using an high quality IPS display on your PC, the panel is actually made by LG. The only displays to rival it are those by Panasonic and they're generally reserved for high-end TV sets.

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