LG to launch 20 Android smartphones this year

LG may be the world’s third largest phone maker, but when it comes to Android (and smartphones in general), it’s far behind other companies.

Until now, LG announced five Android handsets: LG GW620, LG Optimus GT540 (pictured below), LG Ally for Verizon, LG Optimus Q LU2300 and LG SU2300.

HTC, Samsung and Motorola have more Android phones than LG, and they all have at least one high-end model – sure, the LU2300 and SU2300 are also high-end, but they’re made for Korea only, and thus they don’t count when we’re talking about the global market.

Perhaps because of its not-that-impressive smartphone portfolio, LG Mobile’s operating profit sales dropped to 0.9% in the first quarter of 2010 (from 6.7% a year ago).

In the light of these facts, LG plans to make an aggressive push into the smartphone market: the company intends to launch 20 Android devices by the end of 2010.

In early 2009, LG committed itself to making Windows Mobile its main smartphone OS, but things have definitely changed since then with the rise of Android, and Microsoft’s late launch of Windows Phone 7. So it looks like, this year at least, LG (like many other handset makers) is betting on Android. It will have a WP7 handset, too, but that may not help the company’s profits much.

Via Korea Times

Author: Florin

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