updated 05:25 pm EDT, Tue May 1, 2012
LG shoots down speculative reporting
Rumors of the demise of LG's Windows Phone 7 line of handsets appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Today, the Korean handset maker, in an interview with Pocket-lint, reaffirmed its commitment to Microsoft's current phone platform, walking back on some statements that appeared in the press yesterday.
On Monday, the Korea Herald published statements from an LG spokesman downplaying the significance of Windows Phone's global market share, and hinting that LG was unlikely to release any new hardware on the platform in the near future. Instead, according to reports, the company would focus on its Android offerings, though continuing research and development efforts on Windows Phone.
The comments were picked up in the wider technology reporting world as evidence that LG was pulling the plug on its Windows Phone operations entirely. LG today, though, stated that the company is committed to producing phones across both Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms, although the company's main focus remains the Android platform due to demand for such offerings.
The clarification bodes well for the forthcoming LG Miracle, expected to release in North America later this year, but it gives little indication of LG's future with Microsoft. Having struck a deal with Microsoft back in 2008, LG has seen little success with its Windows Phone offerings, while its Android offerings are largely credited with the company's return to profitability this year.