October 4, 2010

LG Drops Plan to Launch Android ‘Froyo’ Tablet

LG electronics announced on Monday it is dropping plans to launch a tablet computer based on Google Inc.'s Android 2.2 operating system known as "Froyo."

Analysts say that if delayed, its tablet will have come too late to a market led by Apple Inc.'s successful iPad.

"We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version ... We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2," an LG official told Reuters.

The official said that LG had yet to decide on the timing for its tablet launch.

Research in Motion (RIM), the creator of the BlackBerry, unveiled a tablet last week in the fast-growing market.

LG introduced the Optimus One smartphone in Korea this week before launching global sales through about 120 carriers with a sales target of 10 million units.

Its smartphones have not reached the 1 million unit sales mark, and LG is betting on strong demand for Android-based smartphones to help put it firmly back on the recovery path.

The company replaced its chief executive last month with a founding family member.  It also named new heads for its mobile phone and TV division last week in a sweeping reshuffle.


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