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LG to Put Tablet Development “On Back Burner,” Focus on Smartphones

by Todd Haselton | June 19, 2012June 19, 2012 9:00 am PST

LG Optimus Pad LTE

LG said recently that it will stop developing tablets, for now, and will instead focus on its smartphone products. “We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones,” LG spokesman Ken Hong told Bloomberg recently. LG first announced its Optimus Tab Android tablet during Mobile World Congress in February of 2011 and then followed that device up with the Optimus Pad LTE this past January, a tablet with an 8.9-inch display and the older Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) operating system. The company has no doubt faced stiff competition from Apple, Samsung and even Amazon’s Kindle Fire. LG did say that it’s not afraid of Microsoft’s new Surface tablets, which were unveiled during a press event yesterday. “LG doesn’t see Surface competing with anything we’re focusing on at the moment,” Hong told Bloomberg.

[via Bloomberg]

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...