LG to Stop Making Phones Worldwide by July 31

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LG, the South Korea-based electronics manufacturer, will soon stop producing new mobile phones worldwide, according to a press release from the company early Monday.

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“LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services,” the company said in a statement.

The “wind-down” of mobile phone production, as the company refers to it, will happen until July 31, though it’s possible there may still be inventory on store shelves after that. But buy what will likely be newly-discounted LG phones at your own risk. The company will stop providing software updates at some point in the future. How soon? That part hasn’t been shared quite yet.

“LG will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products for a period of time which will vary by region,” the company said. “LG will work collaboratively with suppliers and business partners throughout the closure of the mobile phone business. Details related to employment will be determined at the local level.”

LG insists that it will continue to have a presence in the mobile data market, since plenty of other products now talk to the internet. And if you’re excited about getting 5G but with one number higher, LG will be there.

“Moving forward, LG will continue to leverage its mobile expertise and develop mobility-related technologies such as 6G to help further strengthen competitiveness in other business areas. Core technologies developed during the two decades of LG’s mobile business operations will also be retained and applied to existing and future products,” the company said.

LG will still offer plenty of other products, including refrigerators, gaming monitors, and vacuum cleaners, among plenty of other gadgets.

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Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

DISCUSSION

It’s a real shame. I get that LG isn’t the top-selling manufacturer, but they’ve always held on to decent sales, especially in the US. It seems that they’re simply quitting because they can’t be #1.

For the longest time LG had some very compelling reasons to stick with them. The V20 was a wild success, as was the G4 and G5. LG was one of the last brands to hold onto the removable/swappable battery, they were one of the last to hold onto the 3.5mm headphone jack, which I LOVE their Quad-DAC, they used to have a very convenient rear sleep button, tap to wake, multiple screens, just pure badass phones that rebelled against the rest of the market.

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Unfortunately, they became bland, the writing was on the wall. I called this moment in 2018 when LG’s ‘ThinQ’ series started copying Samsung’s signature blandness. That year, for the first time in 3 generations (G3, G4, V20), I DIDN’T buy an LG phone. I said, “Well....If LG is going to start making bland Samsung-like phones, I may as well get a Samsung.” So, I bought an S9 for me, an S9 for my wife, and an S9+ as my work phone.

I was very disappointed by all 3 of the S9's. Incredibly buggy, bloated, and they’re all cracked to hell. I still have my S9+, but in 2020, I bought myself and my wife LG V60's, and overall, welove the phones. I wish they were more unique and had removable batteries, but MUCH higher quality phones over Samsung. The foldable Dual screens were cool, too, but ultimately, I never used it because it was difficult to Qi charge.

I guess now that LG is getting out of the game, I’m not really sure what to do. I will NEVER go to iOS, and Samsung, just too buggy.  I might have to look into Sony or Asus.