LG Electronics announced today that they are putting tablets on the backburner in order to focus on smartphone production.
Ken Hong, spokesperson for LG, made the announcement in an email earlier today. “We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones,” Hong said.
This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed the possibility of LG walking away from tablet production. TabletPCReview asked LG representatives about it at CTIA 2012 only to find out that LG did not “shun the form factor” completely, but was just watching the market closely for the time being.
The company released only one Android tablet in the US, and that was the LG G-Slate, which was one of the first Honeycomb tablets.
As LG steps away from the tablet market, Microsoft enters it hoping that the Micrsoft Surface tablets will steal the show. That being said, Hong believes that the Surface won’t be much of a concern for future LG devices. “LG doesn’t see Surface competing with anything we’re focusing on at the moment,” Hong said.