Today, IDC released their preliminary data from the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The smartphone shipments growth was fueled by abundance of low-cost smartphones and the total shipments crossed 300 million units for the first time ever in a single quarter in 3Q14. The most interesting part of the report was the top smartphone vendors. Even though Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and LG were on top of the list, more than a dozen vendors that are capable of landing in the top 5 next quarter. Most of those vendors are now operating in one or two countries.
Emerging markets supported by local vendors are continuing to act as the main catalyst for smartphone growth. Among the top vendors in the market, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in 2Q14
In the case of Windows Phone eco-system, it is all about Nokia(now owned by Microsoft) for shipment volumes. In fact, Microsoft ships about 95% of the Windows Phone devices. This trend clearly needs to change. Microsoft needs more local vendors to step up their Windows Phone game to grow the ecosystem further.
LG has been an on-again/off-again Windows Phone partner, though at present it is certainly off.
This may be about to change however, if a trademark application to the USPTO is any indication.
There LG asked for trademarks on the G Prime, F Prime, L Prime and W Prime.
LG already has a G, F and L series of Android handsets, and the Prime devices will probably be their high end successors.
It does however not have a W-series, but the initial would be prefect for the Windows Phone 8.1 handset which has already been rumoured for some time, including the render of the handset in May via evLeaks.
It would certainly be nice to see a Windows Phone with even half the specs of the LG G3, which has unique elements such as laser-powered auto-focus. Do our readers agree?
Microsoft announced in MWC earlier this year that LG will be back into Windows Phone eco-system in the coming months. Even though LG remained silent about their Windows Phone plans, @evleaks today leaked an image of the upcoming LG Windows Phone 8.1 device named Uni8. As you can see from the image above, it looks like it will have a 4.5 – 5-inch screen with a HD screen. Even though the design is not anything new, the device looks better than the previously released LG Windows Phone devices.
According to Microsoft LG is a Windows Phone OEM, but despite numerous rumours we have never seen tangible results from the company in terms of Windows Phone handsets.
That may be set to change however, with Digitimes reporting that LG has resumed cooperation with low-cost ODMs like Arima Communications, who specialize in entry-level 3G phones, and are planning to order 2 million phones.
We do not expect these handsets to be Windows Phones, but Digitimes speculate that to sustain growth follow-up orders may include some Windows Phone handsets.
We have seen many innovative Nokia features being ripped of by other companies recently, including features like Optical Image Stabilization, Oversampling Cameras and the Glance screen, but in very few instances do we see the rip off artists claim to have first invented the technology.
That did not however stop LG President and CEO of LG Electronics’ Mobile Communications Jong-seok Park from claiming to have invented Double Tap to Wake, after releasing a ridiculous Android handset with the power button on the back.
From LG’s official blog,
“Knock is distinctively an LG UX and a great example of what happens when you marry the latest in mobile technology with consumer-centric insights. No one ever thought that a power button needed to be improved until our engineers wondered why they couldn’t turn the entire screen into a power button.”
Calling it “KnockOn”, LG intends to roll out the feature to all of their handsets in 2014, and also update some of their existing devices.
Of course, with a significant part of Nokia’s earnings to come from IP licensing it may not be long before the company gets another source of income from Korea.
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.
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.
“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.
Airyware Tuner is a multi-instrument chromatic tuner popular with professional musicians and luthiers. It is recognized as a quickest, most accurate, yet most expensive tuner available in the Windows Phone Store. Version 1.5 brings several handy features such as scale transposition, sharp/flat view modes, chromatic presets, auto-calibration to live sound, and more. With improved denoise module, tuning at the street or at noisy stage has become an easy job. Fast App Switching and Live Tiles are included too.
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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.
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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