When LGreleased its current flagship device, the G5, last year, it was seen as sort of a departure or an innovative approach on the part of the South Korean phone maker, especially with regards to the modular design of the handset. Users and industry watchers alike certainly found the G5 a cool concept -- allowing owners to swap out the bottom section of the smartphone for other parts, such as a camera grip or a speaker.
But cool ideas do not always translate to widespread adoption (just ask Google), and the LG G5, as capable as it was, never really took off with the masses. As revealed by Skott Ahn, the chief technology officer of LG, the release of the G5 was a meaningful test, but ultimately a costly endeavor that never really paid that much dividends.
Still, LG is clever enough to learn some valuable lessons, and now it has announced that for its next flagship device, the upcoming G6 to be released this year, the South Korean tech giant will no longer be going modular (contrary to earlier reports and in validation of earlier rumors). The company has achieved considerable success in mobile through its G lineup of smartphone devices, but it is clear on hindsight that the G5 was a miscalculation.
Besides, Ahn also stated that the wireless carrier partners of LG are not that enthusiastic anymore about the modular concept. Thus, it makes more sense for the phone maker to try to get back to a more standard approach in designing its flagship offerings. Having said that, Ahn did not completely discard the idea of a satellite of accessories. He suggested that certain accessories can still be used with future G models -- they just will not be of the modular type anymore.
Ahn also shared his views regarding the much publicized demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phablet. Despite the fact that LG and Samsung are both rival South Korean mobile giants, the former does not derive any pleasure in seeing its competitor fail so badly on a high profile smartphone offering. According to Ahn, LG as a company would rather learn from what Samsung has been through, than enjoy watching its rival make a big misstep. And that starts with making sure it does not take product testing for granted.
On the topic of wearable devices, Ahn did confirm that LG is still in the process of developing new smartwatch devices. But other than that, the CTO could not share any definite details about specific products, or release dates.
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