LG Not To Produce Windows Phone Handsets In The Nearest Future
LG has announced six new smartphones at MWC 2012, but none of them runs WP — they are all based on Android. Now it seems LG has no plans on making Windows Phone-powered handsets even regardless the fact that Microsoft is going to launch Windows Phone 8 Apollo OS that promises to be something really interesting.
The Korean Herald reports that the LG spokesman has recently said they had no plans to design new Windows Phone handsets in the nearest future. He literally said, “The reason for this is that the total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure.” However, this doesn’t mean the company won’t pay any attention to Windows Phone and its developments, thus LG will “continue research and development efforts” related to WP.
Looking back we can assume LG dost not always make right decisions. In 2009, the company announced it will design about 20 smartphones based on Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. They made only a few handsets running this operating system, but that’s because Microsoft stopped working on Windows Mobile OS in favor of developing Windows Phone, which is not compatible with the older hardware. A year after LG launched only two WP smartphones known as the LG Optimus 7 and the Optimus Q (known is some markets as the LG Quantum). Like other WP-powered smartphones, these two didn’t have high sales rates, and the manufacturer decided to switch to Google’s Android, which is the most popular OS in the world now.
While many geeks might agree with the company saying Windows Phone has no future, the WP-based Lumias of Nokia are sold rather well. So perhaps everything is a matter of promotion. On the other hand, LG has no time on experiments — they have to correct the situation right now. So let’s hope LG’s Android-flavored smartphones will show the manufacturer has made the right decision.