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LG will exit the Windows Phone market

Updated Not so fast, says LG
Tue May 01 2012, 11:33

KOREAN PHONE MAKER LG has announced that it will get out of the Windows Phone market following sluggish sales of its Windows Phone powered handsets.

The Korea Herald reports that an LG executive speaking on an earnings conference call said that the company doesn't plan to release any further Windows Phone devices due to lackluster sales of the platform worldwide.

LG said, "The total unit [count] of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure," adding that it has no intentions to roll out any more Windows Phones soon. However, LG said that it will "continue research and development efforts" on Windows Phones, suggesting that it will continue to provide updates and support for its current WP7 handsets.

The report also hints that LG might revaluate its decision following the release of Windows Phone 8, codenamed 'Apollo', although for now the company plans to focus solely on Android.

At this rate it looks as if Nokia and Microsoft could soon be pushing Windows Phone alone, with HTC and Samsung also beginning to release fewer Windows Phone handsets.

LG was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

Update
LG has issued a statement to The INQUIRER that the report from the Korea Times is not true. A spokesperson said, "LG are still on board with Windows Phone, but right now, we're focusing on Android because that's where the demand is. Regardless of which OS, LG is committed to offering consumers as wide a choice as possible." µ

 

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