LG’s future plans revealed: Android tab and Firefox phone are coming soon, flexible handheld isn’t
According to an LG executive, the company is looking to get back in the Android tablet game in the near future. As for smartphone plans, these apparently include a Firefox OS-based handheld, but no device sporting a flexible screen.
LG’s mobile division hasn’t exactly been a money-making machine these past couple of years, but the Nexus 4 and Optimus G have turned the company’s fortunes around a bit. Sure, LG is still not a worthy adversary for Samsung, its neighbor and arch nemesis, but it could get there in no time.
The Optimus G Pro doesn’t look half bad, the G2 is expected to be one of the world’s first phones to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, plus there apparently is a new Android-based tablet in the making.
Wait, what? An LG-made tab? But didn’t they say they were not interested in pursuing that road anymore? They did, but that was a long time ago. Plus they clearly specified at the time that tablet development was merely “on hold”.
Okay, so how will this slate look then? Will it be a budget-conscious 7-incher to take on Google’s Nexus 7 or a premium-looking, high-quality and costly 10-incher to go after Apple’s iPads? I’m sorry, but I don’t have an answer for you yet.
Kim Wong, the company’s European Mobile Vice President, kept vague and only mentioned LG is preparing its Android tablet return in a recent interview, plus he said the Windows 8 “situation is being closely monitored”.
The executive did go into a little more detail when talking about some of LG’s smartphone plans for the near future, which apparently include a device not based on Android (likely Firefox OS-powered), but sadly no handheld sporting a flexible display.
According to Wong, “the technology for this is not yet mature enough”, so the earliest we could hope to see an LG bendable phone is the second half of 2014. Bummer!
As for the Optimus G2, LG’s likely next flagship device, this will be pushed globally soon after its formal intro, which goes to show you the Koreans have learned their lesson after the G and G Pro snafus. At least in theory, because it remains to be seen how things will look in reality.