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.