Why did LG finally say goodbye to the smartphone market?


LG announced its exit from the smartphone market earlier this week. It wasn’t a sudden move as the South Korean company’s mobile division had been making losses for some time. LG’s departure from the smartphone market was a sad moment, at least for some loyal customers. In this week’s episode of Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, the discussion revolves around LG’s exit from the smartphone market. Tarun Pathak, Associate Director of Counterpoint, meets with Jamhiled Avari, Editor of Akhil Arora and Gadgets 360 to discuss why LG left the market and why we saw it coming.

During his time, LG managed to bring some very exciting phones to the market. These include the LG G Flex with a self-healing back, the LG G8X ThinQ with a detachable double screen and the recently introduced LG Wing with a rotating display. The company also showed its rollable smartphone concept at CES 2021, which even impressed critics and the media. However, these innovations haven’t helped the company hold its own against Apple and Samsung. LG also did not use webOS or the partnership with Intel announced in 2016 for 10-nanometer ARM chips.

Despite leaving the smartphone business, LG could see a comeback, much like Nokia and BlackBerry have found new licensee manufacturers.

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The second half of this week’s Orbital episode revolves around the new co-op RPG shooter game Outriders – now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X – from People Can Fly, the makers of Gears of Was: judgment and a bullet storm.

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Gadgets 360 editor-in-chief and gaming enthusiast Shayak Majumder meets with host Akhil to discuss the good and bad of Outriders. The game has struggled with stable servers for the week since launch, and there are also some issues with the cross-platform game functionality. We talk about the four character classes offered in Outriders – Technomancer, Pyromancer, Trickster, and Devastator – and the types of enemies you will face in the game. Outriders sometimes feels like an amalgamation of other beloved games, but it also has some great ideas of its own in the gameplay department.

Listen to the full discussion by following Orbital. The Gadgets 360 podcast is available in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you can get your podcasts. Please rate us and leave a review.

Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com with your feedback, questions or comments. Every Friday there are new orbital episodes.

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