After HTC, LG also gives up on tablets (for now, at least)

Quick: which is the latest tablet to bear the HTC brand? You don’t remember? That’s the point. Although the Taiwanese company hasn’t explicitly said anything about this, it’s become pretty clear over the past few months that tablets aren’t a priority for it anymore.

And now we know that LG feels the same way too. At least in this case it’s rather official.

“We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones”

That’s what Ken Hong, LG spokesman, told Bloomberg. The last tablet to come out of LG’s labs was the Optimus Pad LTE, the successor to the similarly unsuccessful Optimus Pad from last year.

One could quickly jump to conclusions and blame this all on Android. Or rather, the lack of appeal of Android tablets compared to Apple’s iPads. However, Android’s tablet market share keeps rising. Also, other companies such as Asus and Samsung are a lot more successful in the space than HTC and LG have ever been.

So maybe, just maybe, HTC and LG are to blame here – and no one else. For creating grossly overpriced tablets running OS versions not optimized for tablets (HTC), or for pushing 3D in tablets which is a feature that not many consumers want, but which drives the price up a lot (LG).

We’ll never know for sure. For now, though, don’t expect any new HTC or LG tablets. The situation might change in the future, of course, and we’ll be sure to let you know if it does.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Anonymous

    After seeing HTC & LG leaving Tablet business I am very skeptical about Nokia being able to do anything special in this highly competitive market. At the time when its smartphone business is also making very high losses and moreover Nokia doesn’t have any experience of the tablet market.