Jan 07 AT 2:02 PM Sean Riley 13 Comments

New Android phones absent from LG’s CES press event


LG opened up press day with a whimper on the mobile end of things. If you’re into OLED and/or Ultra HD TVs, then perhaps there was reason to be a bit more excited, as they announced a myriad of options for your viewing pleasure.

But back to mobile. They’ve gotten my attention with the Nexus 4 and Optimus G, so perhaps there’s something worthwhile to be gleaned from what they had to say. Their tagline for 2013 is “Touch the smart life.” They were stressing integration across their product lines and trying to ensure that consumers are able to simply do what they need to without having to think about how the tech is working.

“The Smart Home Service is a perfect example of LG’s commitment to bringing true technology convergence into the consumer’s home,” said Dr. Scott Ahn, Chief Technology Officer of LG Electronics. “SmartShare offers a variety of ways to share digital content between devices. SmartControl lets the user take charge of their LG home appliance and entertainment products from a single location using the SmartControl application for smartphones and Smart TVs.”

NFC played a role in this with tags on appliances that allow you to see and adjust settings from your phone by doing the standard NFC bump. Simple one touch wireless connections would allow you to control and monitor your LG washer/dryer, refrigerator, stove and, of course, your robot vacuum, which has built in cameras. That’s all certainly cool, and I have no doubt that a fully connected home is where things are going in the future. However, I can’t help but shake the feeling that it is needlessly complicating simple tasks for me.

Google TV received a nod with LG bumping up to seven TVs in five screen sizes for 2013. These will also feature the “magic remote,” which gives you the ability to do one-click voice search, to point and click with a finger in mid-air and finally the questionably valuable ability to change channels by tracing numbers in the air.

Specifics regarding any 2013 phones were incredibly sparse, as they opted instead to remind us how awesome the Optimus G and Nexus 4 continue to be. (They also mentioned the Intuition in that list, which I’m going to choose to ignore.). Hero devices in multiple sizes in the first half of 2013 were the sum total of what they confirmed, so look for more come Mobile World Congress at the end of February.

So nothing particularly earth shattering on the Android front from LG today, unless you’ve been frustrated that your phone doesn’t know what’s in your refrigerator. With two solid devices under their belt to end 2012, there’s every reason to be optimistic for whatever is coming next.

lg_stock DSC_6776 DSC_6779 DSC_6786 DSC_6789 DSC_6790 DSC_6791 DSC_6795 DSC_6797 DSC_6798 DSC_6800 DSC_6801 DSC_6806 DSC_6808 DSC_6810 DSC_6812 DSC_6813 DSC_6814 DSC_6818 DSC_6821 DSC_6822 DSC_6823

Source: LG Newsroom

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I don’t think the lack of this is necessarily a bad thing. However, if there isn’t a major announcement (or set of announcements) planned on the smartphone front later on in 1H2013 by LG, then I think THAT is worrying. But for now, I’m not shocked.

  • alexanderharri3

    I’d expect MWC to continue to be the hotbed for smartphone announcements rather than announcing in the US at CES, then reannouncing at MWC. The latest batch of phones in general just came out, I’d expect much more at MWC and individual events surrounding that.

  • rivera618

    i also don’t understand why the desire for them to announce something when these devices have only been available for a relatively short time. look a vizio announcing what appears to be a really nice tablet line but they won’t be available until the second half of the year. do they think that if i’m in the market for a tablet that i’m going to sit on my money for another 6 months minimum? i don’t think so, especially when there are some really great devices available right now

  • Eben1277

    This is what everyone says they want all the time, right? Manufacturers not saturating the market with too many new devices. The Nexus 4 delivers high end specs at entry level pricing, where do you go from there? I’d rather see fewer devices and more support. To me this is the right move from LG.

    • rivera618

      this guy gets it

  • ibap

    Given the headline on the article, are they trying to make something of this?

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for LG

      • Co1e

        Dude…find something else to do.

  • g1user

    That’s fine. There are plenty more shows coming up soon.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Come on Guys. . . We all know Manufactuers are leaning away from CES for Mobile Device Releases. You want Phones? Wait for MWC. You want them stateside? Wait for the “Special Announcement” from each damn carrier in their own even afterwards. This isn’t anything new.

  • donger

    wait til MWC.

  • Nathan D.

    Well, we all know they are making more android phone, it just a matter of time until they unveil it. I think they are just trying to get maximum profits from last year’s phones before showing the new lineup.

  • logrish

    Thats definitely a bit disappointing… still you can never say.