LG exec confirms plans for smartwatch, phablet, tablet and Firefox OS device

It’s not clear if he was authorized to speak on such matters but speak on them he most certainly did. In a chat with news site Dnevnik.bg this week, LG’s mobile communications head in Bulgaria, Dimitar Valev, revealed some of the Korean company’s plans for the next year or so.

For starters, it looks as if LG is keen to further explore the phablet space, following up its 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro device with one sporting “an even bigger” screen, likely to launch in 2014.

Valev also said that as the tablet market was continuing to grow, it was keen to reenter the sector and should have a new device (the G Pad?) on the market before year end.

The executive went on to say that although Android remains the primary focus of the company, new Windows phones are also planned, though these probably wouldn’t hit the market till next year.

The company is also apparently interested in building a Firefox OS phone, with Valev saying his company could have one ready for the first quarter of 2014.


And finally, with the smartwatch apparently on the verge of becoming the next big thing, no tech company wants to be late to the party. Indeed, with its 2009 GD910 smart(ish)watch failing to wow consumers, it seems LG was actually a bit too early if anything. However, it’s gone away, had a think about things, and looks set to debut an all-new wrist-based device in the US next year, with Valev saying it’ll likely use flexible LCD tech in its design.

As for other wearable tech – namely specs along the lines of Google Glass – the executive said it was unlikely LG would be getting involved anytime soon as the company believes such a device doesn’t have mass appeal.

LG is riding high at the moment. Currently the world’s second largest maker of TVs, the company’s profits for its most recent quarter beat estimates thanks to record smartphone shipments of 12.1 million units, success it hopes to build on with its new flagship G2 handset, which is set to go on sale around the world in the coming months.

[via engadget]

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