Different OS, still about tablets and very interesting. As Bloomberg wrote this morning, LG, the world's No. 4 mobile-phone maker, and previously committed to "bring up to 26 new Windows Phones to market in 2012 alone", will sideline tablet computer development to focus more on smaller devices rather than compete head-on with Apple iPad. LG which just introduced its second Android tablet called Optimus Pad LTE earlier this year, seems to completely give up all tablet developments, which is rather interesting news, after Microsoft unveiled its own Windows-powered tablet yesterday. Keeping in mind that LG also manufactures Windows 8 PCs, that's indeed surprising and it seems, Microsoft has already lost one OEM!
"We've decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones", Ken Hong, a spokesman for LG, said in an e-mailed response to Bloomberg and continued, that "LG doesn't see Surface competing with anything we're focusing on at the moment". At least Hong added, that LG "is still open to make phones using Microsoft software" which sounds everything but confident, keeping in mind that we should have seen up to 26 new Windows Phones from LG this year.
This seems to be a big opportunity for Samsung now, after also HTC hasn't released anything new with Android, making Samsung the last and only premium Android tablet maker in the space. On the other hand has no other company as many different tablets on sale as Samsung, which makes it really hard for anyone to compete with Samsung.
Cheers ~ Arne