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Majority of LG output to be Android

Majority of LG output to be Android

More than half of LG Mobile's future handsets will be running Google's Linux-based Android platform.

LG Mobile, the 'phone-oriented arm of LG Electronics, has announced that it is to follow Motorola's lead and concentrate on handsets based around Google's Android platform, leaving Windows Mobile in the minority.

Echoing the announcement made by Motorola back in 2008 - which culminated with the release in December of last year of the Milestone, also known as the Droid in the US - LG Mobile has stated that "more than half" of its future handsets will be running Google's popular Android mobile platform.

According to Electronista, this strategy will initially be focused on cheaper, entry-level handsets - a market currently under-served by Android-based devices - before moving to the premium end.

While LG has already released one Android device - the Eve handset - the company's first Android-based device following this announcement is likely to be the GT540 - also known as the 'Swift' - which it was showing off at CES: a resistive touch-screen only device with no physical keyboard and a simple 3 megapixel camera designed to enter the market at a price point that will tempt budget buyers towards Android.

While the majority of LG's output will be Android, the company isn't giving up on other platforms just yet: the up-and-coming GW990 smartphone, which is alleged to feature an x86-compatible processor based around Intel's Moorestown Atom-based CPU, is believed to be built around Intel's Moblin Linux, which was originally developed for netbooks rather than smartphones.

Are you pleased to see another major manufacturer give Android the thumbs-up, or is it the thought of an x86-based handset - no matter what operating system it's running - that's got you excited? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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mi1ez 14th January 2010, 15:46 Quote
Roll on upgrade day!
Hg 14th January 2010, 15:52 Quote
i for one welcome this, i have been a fan of the LGE brand for many years and have enjoyed using many of their products from TVs to mobile phones!

With LGs sleek and rather cool mobile designs i think Android will be right at home, it will increase the Android user base and persuade more devs to produce great apps for the OS.

I hope more mobile phone manufactures take to Android *cough* Nokia *cough*,as this would stop Apple creating a monopoly of the market as many mobile users now want a so called ‘super phone’ and currently those choices are very very limited by the iphone and nexus one tbh and currently ties you into a long costly contract or lolz upfront payment or both!
rickysio 14th January 2010, 16:23 Quote
I for one welcome this. LG is downright crappy at OS, and Android should allow for alternative firmwares to be developed. LG makes decent hardware, but their software department ought to be fired.

I mean, what the heck? How many years do you need to support an OS?! I can't even install their updater tool on my Vista machine in the past - sold the LG away already.
Cupboard 14th January 2010, 17:47 Quote
Sounds like a good plan for anyone to follow - get an easily customisable off the self OS and you don't have to go to the expense of writing your own. Then you can evern market them as "smartphones".

I am in favour of spreading Android around but am a little wary of it going too mainstream - it still needs to be a primarily smartphone platform.
MacWalka 14th January 2010, 17:55 Quote
I absolutely hate LG as a manufacturer. I've never seen a company with so many products break on me and my family. I've had 5 phones in my life, none of which was an LG and only my Sony Ericsson Walkman phone has broken because I dropped it on a sharp rock.

My girlfriend has had a total of 3 different LG phones and they have all broken within 6 months. My brother had an LG TV that broke after 2 months. A friend in work also had an LG TV that broke after 2 weeks. My dad had an LG DVD player that broke....and on and on. LG stuff looks great but they just break so often it seems.

I do wish Nokia would move it's OS. I like the Nokia menus and I have a 5800 but the Ovi store is pure crap compared to the Apple store. If more manufacturers move to Droid and get that online store filled with good apps.....
Hg 14th January 2010, 18:00 Quote
MacWalka i think we all have brands which just doesnt agree with us. I have had nothing but issues from Samsung, hitachi and Maxtor but have never had an LG product go wrong on me, hell i even still have a Goldstar (old name for LG) TV still working here
eddtox 14th January 2010, 18:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hg
i for one welcome this, i have been a fan of the LGE brand for many years and have enjoyed using many of their products from TVs to mobile phones!

With LGs sleek and rather cool mobile designs i think Android will be right at home, it will increase the Android user base and persuade more devs to produce great apps for the OS.

I hope more mobile phone manufactures take to Android *cough* Nokia *cough*,as this would stop Apple creating a monopoly of the market as many mobile users now want a so called ‘super phone’ and currently those choices are very very limited by the iphone and nexus one tbh and currently ties you into a long costly contract or lolz upfront payment or both!

Nokia are currently working on their own open platform called Maemo, and it's looking great. Kudos to android for offering a viable alternative to apple, butI would rather keep away at the moment. Also, I wouldn't count Microsoft out just yet. They have a lot of resources and experience in the smartphone business. True, windows mobile has historically been dreadful, but anyone remember ME and 98? Now look at 7!!
Denis_iii 14th January 2010, 21:31 Quote
bring on the android glory, i just wish the custom UI's HTC/Lenovo and others are releasing with there Android devices were optional, i'd prefer to have choice and ability to remove the custom UI so can update to latest Android versions as soon as release instead of having to wait for manufacturer to release updated version with the UI package in
ie HTC hero had to wait for the Sense UI to be updated before could run Android 2.01
queue person who knows alot more about this then me to tell me this is already the case :) i just want choice, like winamp skins/addins!
the device manufactuers should concentrate more on the hardware to distiunguish there devicesm leave google to concentrate on Android and the community to create/steer the platform to do what we want/need
Bauul 15th January 2010, 14:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
Also, I wouldn't count Microsoft out just yet. They have a lot of resources and experience in the smartphone business. True, windows mobile has historically been dreadful, but anyone remember ME and 98? Now look at 7!!

I disgaree, Windows Mobile is dead and buried. It's been losing market share every single month for years and now accounts for a fraction of a percentage of new mobiles sold. Android on the other hand is approaching double figure share of the Smartphone market, at least in the UK.

Still got a long way to go to take on Rim (Blackberry), Apple and the market leaders Symbian (Nokia) though.
steveo_mcg 15th January 2010, 14:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
I for one welcome this. LG is downright crappy at OS, and Android should allow for alternative firmwares to be developed. LG makes decent hardware, but their software department ought to be fired.

I mean, what the heck? How many years do you need to support an OS?! I can't even install their updater tool on my Vista machine in the past - sold the LG away already.

Yeah i fully agree with this. The Veiwty i had last year was the worst phone i've ever used and also the first phone i've ever got rid of before my contract was up.
rickysio 15th January 2010, 16:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hg
i for one welcome this, i have been a fan of the LGE brand for many years and have enjoyed using many of their products from TVs to mobile phones!

With LGs sleek and rather cool mobile designs i think Android will be right at home, it will increase the Android user base and persuade more devs to produce great apps for the OS.

I hope more mobile phone manufactures take to Android *cough* Nokia *cough*,as this would stop Apple creating a monopoly of the market as many mobile users now want a so called ‘super phone’ and currently those choices are very very limited by the iphone and nexus one tbh and currently ties you into a long costly contract or lolz upfront payment or both!

Nokia are currently working on their own open platform called Maemo, and it's looking great. Kudos to android for offering a viable alternative to apple, butI would rather keep away at the moment. Also, I wouldn't count Microsoft out just yet. They have a lot of resources and experience in the smartphone business. True, windows mobile has historically been dreadful, but anyone remember ME and 98? Now look at 7!!

Maemo apes Android by being truly Linux, anyway... :D
eddtox 15th January 2010, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
I disgaree, Windows Mobile is dead and buried. It's been losing market share every single month for years and now accounts for a fraction of a percentage of new mobiles sold. Android on the other hand is approaching double figure share of the Smartphone market, at least in the UK.

Still got a long way to go to take on Rim (Blackberry), Apple and the market leaders Symbian (Nokia) though.

Windows Mobile is dead and burried in it's current iteration, but I still think that it would be a mistake to count MS out of the running so soon. They are a huge company with plenty of resources (both financial and human), years of experience in the smartphone market, huge market share in the pc market and their specialty has always been OS's. They were the first in this market to deliver a usable product, but they had virtually no competition and they let their game slip. It happens. That is why competition is good. However, they are the 600 pound gorilla of the IT industry and I, for one, am not going to dismiss them.
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Maemo apes Android by being truly Linux, anyway... :D

Actually, Maemo has been going since 2005, while android was unveiled in 2007, so technically it's android that apes maemo. Also, speaking of being truly Linux, you will find that Maemo is more "linux" than android is, under the hood.
rickysio 16th January 2010, 04:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox

Actually, Maemo has been going since 2005, while android was unveiled in 2007, so technically it's android that apes maemo. Also, speaking of being truly Linux, you will find that Maemo is more "linux" than android is, under the hood.

When A apes B, A is better than B, no?

What did you think I was saying? When A apes B by having C feature, it means that A has this certain feature C, which in my case was being truly Linux, rather than B having C...
eddtox 16th January 2010, 14:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rickysio
When A apes B, A is better than B, no?

What did you think I was saying? When A apes B by having C feature, it means that A has this certain feature C, which in my case was being truly Linux, rather than B having C...

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