It's clear now that talk of an Android Key Lime Pie-flavoured LG Nexus 5 appearing at Mobile World Congress is wide of the mark, but the Koreans may be readying a renewed assault on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.
The Korea Times claims a senior exec at one of LG's Korean partners has revealed that “some” of the new smartphones LG has lined up for the year will run Windows Phone 8.
LG was among Microsoft's initial group of launch partners for Windows Phone 7, but the LG Optimus 7 failed to gain any real traction, and LG has concentrated its smartphone efforts solely on Android since then.
But it seems ready to give things another go in 2013.
“We will release quite a number of new Optimus devices this year and LG also has some new smartphones in the works, that will run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8,’’ the unnamed executive is quoted as saying.
In total, the official says, LG is looking to sell 75 million handsets this year, of which 40 million are expected to be smartphones.
“This year won’t be as bullish for LG as last year. But LG’s Optimus G and Nexus 4 impressed some major carriers and consumers. Because our budget Optimus smartphones are receiving lots of attention, we are confident to get our phone business on a rising track this year,’’ the executive remarked.
Some fairly specific predictions for someone who doesn't actually work for LG, but the numbers seem plausible. LG certainly isn't suffering from lack of demand when it comes to the Google Nexus 4 – just the opposite, in fact – and the Optimus G2 should appear at some point through the year (though some rumours point to a launch only in the Autumn).
Add in the potential of Windows Phone sales too and things are looking better for LG than they have in a while.