LG has been looking very good this year. They’ve really peaked my interest in late 2012 and 2013. Starting with the Optimus G, and Optimus G Pro. Right now, LG is gearing up to announce their G2, the successor to the Optimus G. So they are trying their best to hype up the device. They are doing a pretty good job, but I have to say Motorola is doing a better job with the Moto X hype.
We’ve already heard that the G2 will be launching here in the US and in Europe in September and other regions in October. The staged launches are probably to keep stock, and not have as big of a backorder as HTC did with the HTC One. We have heard that the G2 is launching on all four of the major US carriers. Now we are hearing today from a Korean news site MK News that the G2 is launching on 100 different carriers worldwide withing 2-3 months from the August 7th announcement. It’ll start in Korea, LG’s homeland, in August and expand over the next 2-3 months.
Right now LG is the third smartphone OEM. LG is looking to make that number two before the end of the year. Which I think they can, especially putting the powerhouse of the G2 to all four carriers. LG does have a goal of selling 10 million units of the G2. Which they have aligned the partnerships to sell at least 10 million. I have a feeling they’ll sell a lot more. Especially if all the rumors are true.
In the past, LG has had trouble here in the US. In fact, before the Optimus G LG had some serious trouble here in the US. I can’t even remember another LG flagship device in the US. Unless you count the LG Intuition (Optimus Vu on Verizon). Other than that we’ve had the Spectrum, Lucid, and a few other mid-range and low-end devices. So the Optimus G should definitely help them solidify themselves as a real Android OEM contender to Samsung.