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LG's smartphone division hangs its boots officially, it's the end of an era

  1. Drasm19
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 5, 2021

    Drasm19 , Apr 5, 2021 :
    If this happened to any other company, I wouldn't bat an eye, but watching LG bite the bullet breaks my heart.

    They were the true pioneers of smartphone world, the rebels who pushed the industry forward, the Mavericks who made the impossible look like child's play.

    I don't know if many of you fellow enthusiasts remember this, but LG was the in the forefront of innovations in android that we today take for granted.

    They perfected the telephoto and normalised the use of multiple cameras, their phones had spilt screen apps and picture in picture mode as early as android 7.0.
    Granted, their custom skin of android wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but if there was a function that android had, you could bet your life that LG phones had it buried somewhere in their software.
    Over the years, the software experience improved and it was all less cluttered but I loved their version of android experience over the likes of Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo.

    The biggest contribution they made to the shaping of smartphones from 2014 to 2018 was the revolutionary sound experience that they became renowned for.
    Dual front firing speakers, incredible control over music via bulit in Equalizers and 32 bit quad Dacs took the experience of listening to music to uncharted realms, in today's world of disappearing headphone jacks, LG was the only company who made music truly personal and immersive experience.

    How I wish that they made sensible choices after launching the G5 series, they could've easily cut costs and saved themselves from vanishing into oblivion, but LG did what LG was known for, trying things just because they could.
    I was expecting this downfall from mid 2019, when their market share really started plummeting, but I hoped that somehow they'll bounce back.
    Alas, that didn't happen.

    I've had the opportunity to own 5 different LG smartphones over the years, last one being the V30.

    My first smartphone in late 2009 was an LG phone, I still remember how mesmerized I was with the Koi live wallpaper it had, I'll forever cherish those memories.

    Godspeed my friend. You'll be missed dearly.

    *In the bleak midwinter*
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  3. srkelley5 , via OnePlus Community App , Apr 5, 2021 :
    I'm going to miss them, I've owned five of their phones and they made the first smartphone that I ever bought (I still have it and a few others).
    The LG Optimus V was my first smartphone. I open two phones before this, but the first one was essentially a Sprint/Motorola toy for me since I didn't have anyone to call or text. The second was some flip phone from Kyocera that was bought just to let me be able to call in sick/late to work and to keep tabs on my gf. said:
    I eventually rooted that Optimus V, got Cyanogenmod running on it and got a 2x battery pack installed. It was very useful while I was homeless too, I'd probably be dead now without it. Donating blood plasma let me stay on Virgin Mobiles cheapest plan ($30, unlimited data and texts, 100 minutes for calls), a voip app that I used in combination with Google voice let me stay savannah even when I couldn't afford my cell service. Long after I got back on my feet I used the phone exclusively as a hotspot. I had to leave the charger plugged in and kept the phone in the freezer of a mini fridge to keep it cool. I definitely got way beyond my money's worth from it.
    The other phones have names that I may not be remembered correctly. I think they were the F6, the L9, the V10 [corrected to V10, not V40]and the G6 ThinQ. I still have the F6(I think that's the name) and the G6 (used as a Just Dance controller now). I got my favorite ringtone from either the F6/L9, it's the video game one (not me but here @3:13 - ). I've extracted and have kept it as my main ringtone at most times on all of my phones since.
    I always liked LG design, I just felt that it rarely leaned hard enough into itself while being more polished/imaginative. I almost got the Wing. I felt that if the Oneplus 9 Pro wasn't interesting enough or enough of a jump over the 7 Pro for me, that I was going to jump over to LG's Wing.
    Sorry LG, I'll miss you but hopefully life's still good. I am about to grab one of your tablets soon.
     
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  4. rayprayas03
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 5, 2021


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    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 5, 2021


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  6. wleonardocruz
    Gingerbread Apr 5, 2021

    wleonardocruz , via OnePlus 8 Pro , Apr 5, 2021 :
    sad but true, quality and design must go hand in hand and if you don't have feedback forums or you have them and you don't listen to them easily you go overboard little by little!
     

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  7. ARYAN1319
    Cupcake Apr 5, 2021


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  8. vikarshaikh18
    Honeycomb Apr 5, 2021

    vikarshaikh18 , via OnePlus 8T , Apr 5, 2021 :
    True
     

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  9. Dr_Mridul
    Gingerbread Apr 5, 2021


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  10. Yogi Jan
    Cupcake Apr 5, 2021


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  14. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Apr 5, 2021

    YRJ , Apr 5, 2021 :
    It's always sad to see a player leave the game, but this time even more so. LG has made some excellent smartphones in the past and eventhough they weren't the best selling phones of their times they are praised by enthusiasts and influencers alike.

    I think, LG was fearless when it came to its design. Their phones have always been visually distinguishable from afar and they have never hesitated to try something new, the LG wing being the latest example. As a person who loves tech and innovation I am deeply saddened by this development. But I also understand that LG had no other option.
     

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  15. eastbay
    Lollipop Apr 5, 2021

    eastbay , via OnePlus 8T T-Mobile , Apr 5, 2021 :
    They were great? They pioneerd with the smart phone's wish they could've merged with Samsung one plus they had some of phone's. I loved that dac system speaker great. I hope they make a come Back.
     

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  16. Drasm19
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 5, 2021

    Drasm19 , Apr 5, 2021 :
    Decent market?

    In 2013, they were the world's third largest smartphone maker after Apple and Samsung.
     

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  17. Mr. BG
    Community Hero 2020 Apr 5, 2021

    Mr. BG , Apr 5, 2021 :
    You know @sfomin loves to beat a dead horse :p

    Nexus 5X here, death by update :rolleyes:

    Somehow there is always one that will turn the discussion in a rant towards Oneplus.

    Please go away, nobody needs this but you :rolleyes:
     

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  18. SJBoss
    Lollipop Apr 5, 2021

    SJBoss , Apr 5, 2021 :
    I'll take it :rolleyes:

    *Clears throat*

    Wanplus bad!! and other very obvious things!!
     

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  19. Mr. BG
    Community Hero 2020 Apr 5, 2021

    Mr. BG , Apr 5, 2021 :
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  20. SJBoss
    Lollipop Apr 5, 2021


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