LG was once a heavyweight in the mobile ecosystem and one of Google’s first strong allies when Android was released. In memory are that LG Optimus 3D or the LG G2 that would show us all how the autonomy of a smart mobile phone should be.
Now, LG has decided to officially close its mobile phone business after several years of losses that have been impossible to overcome. Several changes of the internal organization of LG Mobile have happened in several seasons and finally the rumors have come true: LG disappears from the mobile market. You may like Mobile phone without apps article that we posted in previous pists.
LG closes its doors
Through a statement issued on its website, LG confirms that it is closing its mobile business unit after being approved by a board of directors today, April 5, 2021. The Korean manufacturer indicates that its current stock of phones will continue to sale until sold out, or until the division officially closes the doors.
This official closing date has been set for July 31 of this year, 31 days beyond the equator of a year that was already going to be turbulent for the technology market due to the announced shortage of processors to supply all brands. LG indicates that it will focus on other strategic sectors for growth such as IoT, artificial intelligence, smart homes and electric vehicles.
Regarding the updates of mobile phones already marketed, LG indicates that it will maintain this support in accordance with the regulations of each region, so it guarantees support for 24 months set by the European Union (in our case). During this time, LG will provide service and updates to all of its phones in circulation.
The Korean firm says that it will take advantage of its experience in the mobile sector to continue the development of related technologies, although it will no longer develop mobile phones in the future. LG will focus on mobility, on the development of the next 6G and other future products. As we have said, LG will close its doors on July 31, 2021. Goodbye to a historic brand.
Will my LG mobile phone stop working?
Not at all, nothing could be further from the truth. The closure of LG’s mobile division will not have any direct impact on the phones that are currently in circulation, apart from the fact that some service associated with them may close in the near future. LG mobiles carry Android and the operating system will continue to work at full capacity until we finally change the phone for another or, simply, it stops working due to a mechanical failure.
LG mobile phones will continue to function normally after the company closes.
What will happen is that at a certain point, as with other mobile phones today, LG phones will stop receiving security and software updates, as manufacturers keep the phones for a certain time and then cut this support.
Will I still be able to repair my LG mobile phone?
An interesting question because the logical thing is that the manufacture and supply of spare parts ends once a company finally stops its factories and the rest of its processes. But we should not be afraid of this happening as LG will keep its repair commitments to its current customers.
“LG will work closely with vendors and business partners during the closing of the mobile phone business.”
LG has assured in its closing statement that the company will continue to provide components so that technical services continue to repair their mobile phones as required by law. And this law establishes that the telephones must have a two-year guarantee from the moment the sale occurs. During that time, the LG will have its components available to users and repair services.
What will happen to my LG mobile phone updates?
Another issue that arises with the closure of LG’s mobile division is the one that has to do with the software of its phones. Since the software as such will not stop working (something that we indicated before), we can ask ourselves what will happen with future updates and with the maintenance contract that is established between the buyer and the brand when we get one of their phones.
LG will keep the software of its mobile phones for the stipulated two years after its sale.
LG has assured in its statement that “it will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products for a period of time that will vary by region.” That is, if in your country LG has to offer two years of security and system updates. And LG indicates that it will be so.
How long will I be able to continue buying LG mobile phones?
The Korean firm has indicated that its mobile business will officially close on July 31 of this year 2021, which means that we can continue to buy mobile phones from the firm officially until that date. However, and as the company itself indicates, the stock of some phones could even exceed that date. In short, we can buy LG phones while there are stocks, although the firm will no longer manufacture any more models.
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