Windows Phone has had its share of ups and downs as the operating system struggles to gain a foothold in a smartphone market dominated by iOS and Android devices. It is this dominance that has LG backing away from Microsoft’s mobile OS in order to refocus efforts on Android development. Speaking to the Korea Herald, an LG spokesperson said, “the total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure.”
LG hasn’t necessarily experienced smooth sailing on the smartphone seas, but committing to a single operating system should allow the company to get the most out of their mobile division. The Korean manufacturer showed off a number of new handsets at this year’s Mobile World Congress but has yet to make the sort of global splash that competitors Samsung and HTC have enjoyed.
Did LG abandon Windows Phone too soon? The argument can surely be made. With a major backer in Nokia and a fair amount of positive buzz, Windows Phone might yet have its day in the sun. It’s just not today, and LG is making the safe and sure bet with Android.