LG and Samsung are in the verge of announcing their flexible display smartphones. There are multiple reports that Samsung is planning to announce their flexible OLED display smartphone this month. And LG today officially announced their start of mass-production of the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones. We can soon expect a smartphone from LG with their flexible display as well.
Even though the whole smartphone design will not become flexible/bendable at the start, adding these flexible displays to smartphones will add more rigidness to the devices. The displays in the smartphones are the most vulnerable parts which often gets damaged due to drop, etc,. These flexible displays will completely avoid those scenarios.
Can Microsoft/Nokia license these display technology for their Windows devices? Nokia has a long tradition of exploring flexible display in smart devices. Their concept video showing a phone wrapped around the wrist became quite famous when it was released. Even Microsoft was at the stage along with Samsung at CES when a flexible display Windows Phone prototype was revealed by Samsung.
What do you guys think?
See the press release after the break.
LG has continued to tease a Windows Phone handset, this time for the 2014 time period.
Dimitar Valev (above) , LG’s head of mobile communications for Bulgaria, has said that they will probably produce a Windows Phone handset next year, depending on how Microsoft develop the system.
We plan to focus on Android, but we are ready and will probably run Windows Phone device. At least in Bulgaria, however, it will not appear this year. Depends on how Microsoft will continue to develop the operating system.
Other LG regional managers have already revealed the company is working on a Windows Phone handset, and I expect as the size of the ecosystem continues to grow their interest will continue to increase. LG only sold 12.1 million smartphones in Q2 2013, and to continue growing its shipments in the face of intense competition from Samsung and everyone else adding Windows Phone as a sideline does make sense.
However, given that LG’s handsets have never been the prettiest or best specified one wonders if there is any benefit competing in Windows Phone if they do not bring their A-game.
Do our readers think an LG Windows Phone 9 handset will be competitive? Let us know below.
LG just cant stay away from Windows Phone, no matter how hard it tries.
The on-again/off-again Windows Phone OEM has revealed the company is once again working on a Windows Phone 8 handset.
The news was confirmed by LG India’s Managing Director Kwon Soon who told Light Reading India:
“At home (South Korea), we are actually working on our Windows Phone 8 OS powered smartphone.”
He confirmed however that this did not represent a sea change in the company, saying:
“Android is the major platform globally, given its acceptance and penetration. Although, we believe that Windows will pick up going ahead, as Microsoft is pumping efforts into it.”
According to the BGR LG has not yet decided whether they will be releasing the handset, and are evaluating market conditions.
We think it just makes sense for every moderately successful phone OEM to release at least one Windows Phone, as much as a negotiating weapon and also not too have too many eggs in one Android-shaped basket, and we look forward to Sony stepping up to the plate also.
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LG was one of the first OEMs to jump aboard the Windows Phone bandwagon, but their devices were lacklustre, went largely unsupported and the company never released a second generation running Mango.
Now after having some success with Android the company is set to be back with a second try, and this time with handsets running Windows Phone 8.
We will release quite a number of new Optimus devices this year and LG also has some new smartphones in the works, that will run Microsoftâ€™s Windows Phone 8.
Now rumours are circling that LG will announce this range at Mobile World Congress. In their teaser video they teased their coming MWC announcement with superlatives such as "Premium, Ultimate, Innovative, Powerful and Professional." Lets hope the company this time lives up to their promise.
See their MWC video teaser after the break.
LG, one of the early adopters of Windows Phone platform is planning to come back to the platform with new Windows Phone 8 devices later this year. According to Koreatimes, LG has some new smartphones in the works, that will run Microsoftâ€™s Windows Phone 8. First generation LG Windows Phone devices failed to attract consumers due to poor designs and LG has now decided to give it a second try.
Can LG compete with Nokia, Samsung and HTC with better device?
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LG only gained a very small part of the small Windows Phone market, estimated to be around 7%, and have already said it â€œcurrently has no plans of rolling out another LG-manufactured Windows phone soon.â€
Now during a launch event for the Optimus G, LG Mobile Communications CEO Park Jong Seok re-iterated to reporters that they had "no specific plans for other mobile platforms".
Stressing the company’s strong relationship with Google, Park said that the company has "strong LTE and UI patents compared with its competitors", and that it is aware of the patent war situation, but had no concerns.
LG last released Windows Phone handsets in 2010, the LG Optimus 7 and LG Quantum, and has recently started replacing warranty repair Windows Phones with Android handsets, so it is fair to day the company will not be tremendously missed.
In todayâ€™s Windows Phone 8 presentation Microsoft revealed their launch partners, and there is one prominent partner missing â€“ LG.
LG was involved in the original Windows Phone 7 launch, but achieved only a small share of the already small Windows Phone pie, in the order of 7%.
The company has earlier already been rumoured to be getting out of the Windows Phone game, with the company saying they â€œcurrently has no plans of rolling out another LG-manufactured Windows phone soon.â€
They did however confirm they would continue with research and development of the OS, so may be back, presumably if it demonstrates traction.
Will any of our readers be missing LG? Let us know below.
LG denies stepping out of Windows Phone game, wants to offer consumers “as wide a choice as possible”
An LG spokesman has denied claims the company is abandoning further Windows Phone development.
Speaking to Pocket-Lint, he said:
"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."
The last line does give a clue that Windows Phone is certainly not the darling of the Korean company, but then this has never really been the case. It is however difficult to see LG stepping out of a market before Samsung does the same.
The spokesman confirmed LG will continue to develop Windows Phone handsets.
"Regardless of which OS, LG is committed to offering consumers as wide a choice as possible."
Windows Phone 8 should reduce the resources required to develop a Windows Phone significantly, given the ability to use the same chassis of high end Android handsets, and while even the Windows Phone community may have limited excitement for LGâ€™s offerings, this may significantly improve at the end of the year, so we continue to look forward to seeing what LG can contribute towards our ecosystem.
LG today revealed that it has no plans to release new Windows Phone devices anytime soon instead its going to focus on Android devices. LG Electronics and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership in 2009 to make a huge volume of Windows Mobile devices and the plans never took off since Microsoft abandoned the platform completely with new Windows Phone 7x platform. LG even supported the new platform with three average looking Windows Phone devices in few countries.
From Korean Herald,
The executive also said LG is taking a step back from Windows phones powered by Microsoftâ€™s platform, adding that it will â€œcontinue research and development effortsâ€ on Windows Phones.
â€œThe total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure,â€ said the LG spokesman, further elaborating that it currently has no plans of rolling out another LG-manufactured Windows phone soon.
Apart from Windows Phone devices sales, LG’s Android devices are also not selling great when compared to Samsung and HTC devices. I think LG should focus more on design and product experience with whatever platform they chose to be on. The “Me too” devices will never take off against the cutting edge and mass volume products from companies like Nokia, Samsung, etc,. Also Korean Herald believes that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s visit to LG’s home city later this month might change LG’s plans on Windows Phone devices. Let us see what happens!
Source: Korean Herald
While we are still not sure about LG releasing another Windows Phone 7.5 device, there were numerous leaks on their devices/prototypes. This one is LS831 which we saw in last October when it passed the FCC. The device design looks outdated to me and it has a 5MP camera along with a front cam. Since it features a CDMA band, it should release only on Sprint in US if there is any possibility. Visit the source link for more images.
LG has released a new app exclusive to its device owners today. The app called Photo Exhibition is similar to many photo editing apps like Pictures Lab, Thumba Photo Editor, Samsung’s Photogram & Photostudio apps. You can open a photo from your photo library and add effects, small clip-art like things, etc, and share it with others. Find this free neat little app for LG Marketplace.
In an interview with AllthingsD LGâ€™s smartphone unit leader Ramchan Woo has said the Korean company will only be concentrating on Android handsets at Mobile World Congress this year.
The company was expected to show its LG Fantasy Windows Phone which has been leaked on numerous occasions earlier.
He complained that LGâ€™s Windows Phones had sold slower than expected, but additional models were in the works.
Saying demand for new Windows Phones varied by operator, he continued:â€œSome operators, they ask (for) Windows Phone to balance Android; however, the others, they are (still) figuring out how to sell Windows.â€
LG only sells around 10% of Windows Phones, and one of the reasons has been their uninspiring designs.
â€œWe admit last year we were kind of behind,â€ Woo told AllThingsD.
The company claims however to have solved the issue, and now claims better battery life, better displays and thinner designs than rivals.
Hopefully these advances will also translate to their Windows Phones when they do eventually hit the market.
Noticing that LGâ€™s Windows Phone apps have been localized to Russian, WP7Forum.ru suspected LG was planning to release a new Windows Phone smartphone in the region.
They asked LG Russia directly on twitter and received this response.
|@ svetlojar||@ LG_Russia Good evening! Does the emergence of new application for the LG WP7
Apps in Russian means that Russia will receive smart phones from LG with WP7?
|@ LG_Russia||@ svetlojar will.|
|@ svetlojar||@ LG_Russia Thank you!|
The handset will likely be the LG Fantasy / LG Miracle, which is expected to be shown by LG at Mobile World Congress 2012. Of interest to our other readers is of course that a Russian release will likely also accompany a European-wide release, meaning we should expect to see this new relatively high end Windows Phone on our shelves soon also.
Thanks data2300 for the tip.
With the leaks of the LG Fantasy/ LG Miracle it seems the company is still in the game, and to underline this LG has just released 3 new apps into their private Marketplace.
Above is Nowcaster, clearly designed to be used in the car or first thing in the morning. On launch the app will read aloud your calendar, the weather and the latest news, giving one-click access to the information.
While the first app is aimed at professionals, the other two seemed to be aimed more at children.
Winny Toolbox contains a collection of utilities, including a comprehensive unit converter, a calculator, a clothing size converter, a timer, a random number generator, a standard, rule, and many more.
Lastly Winny and Friends allows kids to create composite pictures by taking a picture and overlaying symbols, hearts, text and such.
The apps can be found in LGâ€™s branded segment of Marketplace.