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.