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Korean manufacturer wants to go toe-to-toe with competitive new products

Alongside the Korean launch of its latest handset, the G Pro 2, LG executives spoke to the change in the smartphone market now that Lenovo plans to purchase Motorola. Despite the bump in market share Lenovo gains from adding Motorola sales to its business, LG isn't worried about the soon-combined companies. Kim Jong Hoon, head of product at LG mobile, said:

"There are many talks over Lenovo and Motorola in the media right now and how it affects LG, but internally, we aren't discussing much about it."

Further, LG has a plan to regain third place in the global smartphone market by the end of the year — it currently sits in fourth place with roughly five percent of shipments. Seeing LG's recent device portfolio, including the just-announced G Pro 2, you can see that the Korean manufacturer intends to go head-to-head with the other leading smartphone makers. Only time will tell if it can fend off a combined Lenovo-Motorola with confident leadership that is poised to grow if it plays its cards right.

Source: ZDNet Korea

 

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LG not bothered by Lenovo-Motorola combo, plans to take third place in worldwide market in 2014

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If they want to build market share, they'll need some relevant "low-end" devices.

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Agree. LG must broaden their offerings to accommodate the broader lower price market. LG's Nexus partnership with Google helped boost their capabilities.

Now, as is customary, the Google Nexus torch will be passed again, perhaps to HTC for the Nexus tablet and / or Lenovo-Motorola for the Nexus smartphone.

+1 to both of you.

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I would be super excited to see a Moto Nexus. Now that I'm on T-Mobile and not with Verizon anymore I'll be able to buy this hypothetical beast of a phone.

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I agree with what you have said but it all hinges on if there is another Nexus.

Personally I am no huge fan of them, the 5 turned hating them to neutral, and I still think with gpe they have outlived their usefulness BUT I think I want to see a few more.

Maybe instead of 2015 being the last, 2020.

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There will be another Nexus . Plus a Motorola Lenovo creation would be great, moto makes awesome devices. If only Samsung could make a new nexus with amoled display, removable battery and removable storage

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I think that Asus might be in line fur the next nexus phone, or perhaps Sony? That would bring focus to more of their mobile efforts

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Asus? Their smartphones don't even exist in the U.S., they have no market share/mind share.

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Agreed, will need to be a solid performer like the Moto G. I would like to see more companies release solid budget phones.

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I think LG can certainly be there in number 3. I like the G2 and the pro has some good uses.

They have to step and get the updates in line with other carrier controlled oems and some good low end devices out there, but they have decent momentum right now

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Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...

No it doesnt, but if it is released 6 months from now it will by then theough they will have missed an important boat and that is the S3 coming off contract thing.

Another thing I think they cannot do, and this is just a rumor, is use their own CPU (it is an octa-core something) stick with what works.

It will I bet anything it ships with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC while the S5 and One+ will still be at the 800 SoC

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You are more than likely right but again, it will be 6 months afterwards the fact. They will have the time to get them and the time to lose those sales.

Besides, specs do not matter, especially with that minor boost.

Well specs of the LG G3 supposed to be triple octa core a dual screen (front back 6.18 inches each) 2140 p HPD resolution screen. A 10 mega pixel Carl Zeiss front facing camera and a 57 mega pixel Carl Zeiss lenses with 10x optical zoom. A 5090 mah battery 64 GB storage both non removable. Waterproof to 5 meters and flexible.

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This is sarcasm, right?

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Gotta be! It's his personal wish list. Not sure if the Note 4 will be foldable, or if Samsung will develop a whole other brand under the Youm line. . .likely that won't be known until Q4 of this year. It'll be interesting to see the consumer reaction to these foldable smartphones, it really will.

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Updating their devices on a timely manner is also a must and it's something LG is definitely not known for. It's getting to the point where repeat customers is gonna be where its at and you cant really expect them to stick around when you never update their phones.

Precisely, I am a former LG smartphone user and I am very unlikely to ever become one again. They would have to prove they are committed to following through on promises and timely, continued updating of their phones. Don't feel they have done that yet.

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I have to agree with this.

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Yeah, me too. Ask the average user if their on 4.1, 4.2, or 4.3, likely they won't know, or even know how to check.

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Well, Samsung used to be the bottom of the barrel in terms of timely updates and they've come back, let's hope LG does the same.

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Who cares. G2 on 4.2.2 runs like a BEAST and I can do anything I want with xposed... Couldn't give two shits about any updates. You update whores are in the minority. Get over it already.

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I will also Believe LG not bothered by Lenovo. Created own Market & Reputation. If LG launch Some product with low-price then it will find more customer.

Well as long as they're not the makers of the next Nexus again I can care less what they do.

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Yes, I hope that either Motorola, HTC or Sony make the next one, gives someone else a chance. Maybe if Nokia actually get involved in making Android phones they could, further down the line, make a Nexus (would definitely consider buying that)...

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I'm not a fan of Nokia at all but I'd love HTC or Motorola for sure. A Sony Nexus would be interesting.

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Regardless of rumors, a former Microsoft Exec runs Nokia, and Nokia is owned by Microsoft, so as far as I'm concerned, Nokia is a thing of the past.

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I think Moto may make a Nexus down the road....just speculating but once they are no longer owned by Google they are just another manufacturer.... It would be great if they got the next one....made it X like...form factor and useful software additions ....and of course off contract affordability....

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Motorola was sold to lenovo. Isn't that the end with the relationship to Google besides some patents they still have? Google got rid of Motorola that's a sign of no love towards moto.

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LG makes some nice phones. Their LG G2 is a very good phone IMO. However, in today's world, it's not good enough to just produce a good phone. You need to really keep those updates coming quickly for the 2 years most people will be using it. LG has a very poor image just now when it comes to updating their hardware and was the key reason why I didn't go with the G2 personally.

On a not completely unrelated note, they should have named the G Pro 2 the G2 PRO

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I guess I'm in the minority in thinking that getting the Nexus isn't relevant to an OEMs marketshare.

How much did the Nexus One boost HTC?
How much did the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus boost Samsung?
How much did the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 boost LG?

Sorry but all those that say that updates don't matter are full of crap. These updates contain much more than new features. They contain security updates and bug fixes. But to Me it seems as if lg is more interested in building and pumping out new phones than supporting existing models. I understand that supporting phones that have sold doesn't really make you money. But it is more likely to get you repeat buyers.

Do "regular" people go from a Galaxy S to a Galaxy S III because the Galaxy S got updates?

When are we getting Android 4.5.3 Apple Cake? I am sick and tried of KitKat already.

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I really hope that Sony makes the next Nexus device I think they're really the only Android OEM besides htc who values build quality and industrial design