Looks like LG has wasted no time to react to the message that went out in the Korea Herald. They apparently not planning a departure away from Microsoft and will remain loyal to Windows Phone but their main focus will be Android. LG apparently plans to aim to offer its customers the widest possible range of future systems. A spokesman for the company clarified in an official statement:
None of it is true. Korea Herald is showing its speculative side again. We are still on board with Windows Mobile, but right now, we’re focusing on Android because that’s where the demand is.
LG has had enough, or so it seems as they have made the decision to stop producing Windows Phone 7 handsets and will go all in with Android. It is not surprising since sales of LG WP7 devices have been rather disappointing and from a financial perspective the only sensible conclusion is to stop sales. LG started making WP7 phones in 2009 the OS has failed to really take off. According to Lee Seung-yeon, of Microsoft Korea, WP7 smartphones account for about 2% of global market. Another factor that might considered is that back in 2011 when Microsoft struck a deal with Nokia, LG didn’t seem pleased and this could also be an after effect from the Nokia Microsoft partnership.
In a fortuitous coincidence in timing Balmer is visiting Seoul in late May to deliver a speech on the “new era of technology”. LG denied that the announcement has anything to do with Microsofts CEO coming to town, however, this would be a pretty quick way to guarantee a meeting.