There is no doubt that LG (06657011) is nervous about the upcoming release of the Galaxy S 4. Samsung (005930) was able to create Apple-like buzz for its latest flagship smartphone and debuted a device last week with a number of new and unique features. One of those features, however, may infringe upon LG’s technology. According to the Yonhap News Agency, the two companies are said to be in a row over similar features in their flagship smartphones. More →
LG (066570) seems to have adopted the same clever guerilla marketing techniques that have served Samsung (005930) so well over the past year. Per Engadget, LG is trying to undermine Samsung’s grand Galaxy S IV launch by strategically placing its own larger billboards above the Galaxy S IV billboards that have sprung up all around Times Square in recent days. The LG billboards use the same enormous number “4″ that Samsung has been using for its Galaxy S IV ads, except LG is telling consumers that “The LG Optimus G is here 4 you now!” As Samsung grows bigger, we can expect to see its rivals target it more frequently with these kinds of ads as they fight to end Samsung’s dominance of the Android market.
As Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) continued to divvy up just about all of the smartphone industry’s earnings last year, one other global vendor managed to step up and eke out a profit. LG’s (066570) smartphone business has inched up into the black thanks to gorgeous smartphones like the Optimus G, and the company confirmed on Sunday that it has now sold 10 million cumulative LTE-equipped smartphones globally. ”Aggressive pushing forward with 4G LTE technology allows LG to satisfy the needs of consumers and is a huge factor in our growing success in global LTE smartphone sales,” said LG Mobile boss Dr. Jong-seok Park. “Having established ourselves as a major industry player, we will continue to expand our footprint in the global LTE market with a wider range of differentiated, high quality LTE smartphones.” LG’s full press release follows below. More →
As the high-end smartphone market begins to slow following a period of breakneck growth, the companies that drove much of that growth are starting to broaden their strategies. Apple (AAPL) is eyeing emerging markets, while Samsung (005930) is looking to boost its enterprise presence while also increasing tablet sales. Samsung Mobile EVP Y.H. Lee recently told CNET that the company hopes to double tablet shipments in 2013 to about to about 40 million units. The 40 million-unit mark is also being eyed by LG (066570), which told The Wall Street Journal it hopes to cross that threshold with smartphone sales this year, representing 51% growth over 2012. ”The market is saturated, but with good products, [we] can take away others’ share,” LG’s mobile boss Park Jong-seok said.
LG (066570) on Monday announced that it had acquired webOS from HP for an undisclosed sum. Earlier reports noted that the two companies were in talks over a potential partnership as of last fall. Bill Veghte, executive VP for software and solutions at HP (HPQ), disclosed certain terms of the deal to AllThingsD on Tuesday. More →
Although it has flown somewhat under the radar compared with the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 stealing the show, the Optimus G has been a pretty successful smartphone for LG (006570). The device, which has sold more than 1 million units since its launch in October, has helped LG generate some buzz around its smartphone brand again and has made the company one to watch in the mobile space this year. And after speaking with LG Global Communications Director Ken Hong at Mobile World Congress this week, I came away very intrigued by LG’s plan to distinguish itself in the always-crowded Android market and to further build on its success with the Optimus G. More →
Try though it might, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) just can’t seem to kill Palm’s legacy. With Samsung (005930) dominating the Android market and Google (GOOG) getting ready to finally make serious use of its $12.5 billion Motorola buy, LG (066570) is seemingly looking to hedge its Android bet. CNET on Monday confirmed that LG has acquired the webOS source code along with ”related documentation, engineering talent, and related webOS websites” from HP. The vendor reportedly only has plans to use the operating system on smart TVs, but as we’ve learned numerous times in the past, nothing is set in stone when it comes to webOS.
Want another sexy phablet to feast your eyes on? We’re not so sure we do either, but at least LG’s (066570) Optimus G Pro packs a bit of style along with its Note-chasing aspiration. The handset packs a 1.7 Ghz quad-core chip, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a 2 megapixel front facing HD camera, a massive 3,140 mAh removable battery, and a laundry list of proprietary LG technologies including smartshare, Tracking Focus, and WDR recording. More →
Global adoption of smart TVs grew in 2012 as the prices of connected TV sets from the likes of Samsung (005930), LG (066570), Sony (SNE) and discount vendors continued to fall. According to a report released this week by market research firm IHS iSuppli and picked up by Twice, smart TV shipments climbed 27% in 2012 to reach 66 million units. By 2015, the smart TVs will make up 55% of the market as global shipments climb to 141 million units. ”Despite a decline in global television shipments in 2012, consumer demand for Internet-connected televisions soared during the year — and the surge in sales shows no signs of abating,” IHS analyst Veronica Thayer said. “Smart TVs are rapidly joining the mainstream as manufacturers refine their products to add new features and to make them easier to use.”
Since almost nothing will actually be announced at Mobile World Congress this year, LG (066570) on Thursday unveiled two new smartphones that will launch later this year. The Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 Android phones look to build on the success of earlier Optimus models while also introducing some key improvements. The mid-range Optimus F5 features a 4.3-inch, 256 ppi display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 1GB RAM, a 2,150mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The higher-end Optimus F7 includes a 4.7-inch, 312 ppi display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, , 2GB RAM, a 2,540mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Both phones will launch in the second quarter, and LG’s full press release follows below. More →
LG (066570) and Samsung (005930) are nearing patent peace. Shortly after reports surfaced that claimed the two companies would settle their patent infringement lawsuits behind closed doors, Samsung dropped its injunction request that sought to block LG Display (LPL) from using its OLED technology. LG on Wednesday followed suit and abandoned its preliminary injunction request against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The company said in a statement that it will seek “an alternative solution through an amicable negotiation with Samsung to clarify the respective rights and duties of each party and analyze the proper value of the patents.” LG Display’s full statement follows below. More →
LG Display (LPL) on Monday announced plans to make additional investments into the production of its organic light emitting diode display panels, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company will invest 706 billion won, or $656.7 million, to expand manufacturing lines at its Paju plant, which will produce “mother glasses” that are big enough for the OLED panels in its 55-inch television screens. OLED technology offers improved picture quality and deeper color saturation compared to traditional LCD displays, and is seen as the future of high-definition televisions. LG is hoping that its latest investment will give it an edge over Samsung’s (005930) OLED ambitions. Mass production is scheduled to begin at the Paju plant in the first half of 2014.
LG (066570) on Monday upped the ante in the “phablet” wars by announcing the Optimus G Pro, a new smartphone that features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon processor, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3,140mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Other key features of the device include the Dual Recording functionality that “allows users to capture video with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously for a unique picture-in-picture experience,” and the Virtual Reality Panorama camera feature that “allows shots of entire horizontal and vertical environments for a full 360o view.” More →