Aug 19 AT 1:55 PM Taylor Wimberly 8 Comments

LG teams with NVIDIA in bid to grow smartphone market share

LG confirmed today they would be using NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processors in their Optimus series of smart devices and they still plan to launch up to 10 smartphones before year’s end. The Korean manufacturer ranks as the number three handset maker in the world, but their smartphone market share is tiny in comparison (only 1.2% in Q2).

Both LG and NVIDIA have been late to the Android party, so it seems fitting that the two companies have teamed up in the race to catch industry leaders like HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. LG is hoping that Android can boost their smartphone sales and the company is now aiming to ship five million units this year.

So far, Verizon has been the only U.S. carrier to launch a LG Android phone (Ally), but T-Mobile’s leaked roadmap showed an Android device from LG planned for Q4. Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam also said to expect an Android tablet from LG before the end of the year.

It will be interesting to see if LG can reach their goal to sell five million smartphones, but I think the right combination of hardware could raise their Optimus line above the sea of Android phones.

One major advantage is the fact that LG Corp operates the subsidiary LG Display, which produces the Retina display (LCD-IPS) found in the iPhone 4. There have been some supply issues as LG tries to keep up with Apple’s demand, but I have a strong feeling we will see some of these displays find there way to an Android device.

Do you think LG has the tools to execute a major Android launch? It might be too early to tell, but the idea of a Retina display paired with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor sounds pretty tempting.

Via: FierceWireless

Source: WSJ

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  • Christopher Chavez

    Very tempting indeed… :D

  • Nicko01

    Of course LG has the ability to launch great phones. LG makes great hardware. The only problem with their other phones is the software. By using Android, the problem is basically solved. They just need to put more resources into Android phones and they can make some very nice devices. I’m excited to see what they can do, and excited to see a dual core phone with an extremely high res display =D

  • http://Website pqzanana

    Can’t wait to see some real specs and see what these phones can do.

  • AndMac

    If they did vanilla Android, I’d dump my Galaxy S for this.

  • http://Website wes

    Love my Evo, but I would jump ship for a dual core 4″ screen retina LG with FFC… given that it is at least 200x less ugly than the Ally. I love HTC sense though..idk.

  • http://Website Drew

    Oh please oh please be a decent phone,shipped with gingerbread going to TMo. We are so behind in the phone game! Come on TMo!

  • http://Website matt L

    I think the more folx who jump on the android ship, will make the manufactures come out with the updates in a more timely manner. and since we all want vanilla android. the more who jump on android the more likely we’ll get what we want. if they want brand loyalty.

    especially samsung with their poor track record.

  • http://Website Daniel

    Hopefully they’ll make something in my dream resolution of 640×1024, in 3.7″—4″. Think Nexus with a wide Retina display :D