LG’s smartphone business held steady in 2015, will launch two flagships this year

Rob Attrell

January 26, 2016 8:56am

We’re coming in to Q4 2015 earnings season, and so far we’ve been hearing all about how 2015 was a very competitive year for smartphone manufacturers. LG posted financial figures from its mobile division today, and as expected, things are very similar to previous years.

Compared to last year, LG’s mobile sales were up 12 percent from the last quarter, but unchanged from the final quarter of 2014, at $3.26 billion USD. Improved sales in North America contributed to the sales increase compared to Q3, as LG shipped 15.3 million smartphones in the quarter. Overall in 2015, the company shipped about 600,000 more smartphones than in 2014, with 59.7 million in total this year.

LG expects the mobile landscape to remain competitive in 2016 due to premium devices from other manufacturers. In an attempt to improve profitability, LG is planning to debut two new flagship models this year, presumably the yet-unannounced LG G5 and a new successor to its premium V10 device.

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  • Marc Palumbo

    I bought the LG G4. I truly hate this phone. The battery life is awfule, but that is just Android for you.

    • TP

      Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is the phone for you if you truly hate a phone due to battery life. Battery life is manageable for me, not great, but not too bad, actually it’s in ‘average’ among all smartphones I’ve used for the last 6+ years.

    • Marc Palumbo

      I’ve been spoiled. I’ve been purchasing Windows phones and the battery life on those phones are incredible. My Lumia 1520 was running with the highest brightness, BT and Wifi always on and I could go 2 days without charging.

      My LG G4 won’t last me the day with the same use. I love long battery life and it makes me truly hate this phone.

    • TP

      Agreed that battery life will vary depending on owner’s usage, and I also agree that it’s one of Android’s limitation compared to other OS. You may want to get a $20 powerbank from Amazon, they come with 10,000+ mAh, much more reliable than no-name eBay items, still pocketable in your jackets.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Ya it seems to suck. Luckily, I’m a sofware dev, so I can charge my phone at work… but damn. This phone sucks up battery like some dirty hooker in LA lol.

    • TP

      Any chance there’s an app draining the battery? Sounds like your usage might be very similar to me (also an office guy) and I play game for around 30 minutes on my commute, other than that simply listening to music and web browsing, messaging, etc. Normally I leave work when it’s 90-95%, by the time I get home it’s 80-85%. Weekends where I don’t sit all day in front of computer, by the dinner time it’s usually 70-85% unless I play around with the phone for considerable time.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Android OS takes up 25% of battery usage, Google services is close to 11%

      Everything else is minimal, at most 5%

    • TP

      There must be something very different from my G4..I’ve never checked battery usage after a few days from opening the box, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen 25% from OS..will check if I have a chance today.

    • Orage42

      I get 25% screen, 16% Android and get 1 and a half day on a single charge with my usage.

      Couldn’t complain, but I guess mileage varies greatly.

    • Marc Palumbo

      What percentage do you leave the brightness on?

    • Orage42

      Auto mode – maxed out.

    • Longtin

      You possibly could of gotten a lemon. You seem to be the only one with that battery problem. I personally know of at least a dozen people with that phone all saying it lasts into the 2nd day, half of them I would consider heavy users that aren’t too knowledgeable as well, closing apps, not leaving location on 24/7, NFC etc…

    • Longtin

      Funny how it lasts over 2 days for me. Do you know how to use the phone? Do you actually close your apps when your done with them?

  • OptimusOBrien

    I don’t know if I can buy LG again. My G3 has been great with CyanogenMod on it but LG’s stock UI is so laggy in my experience that unless the G5 goes through a major overhaul I wont be able to justify getting one. The screens are amazing and I love that they still include SD cards but they need to do something about the UI. Battery for me is great but that could be from using CM.

    • TP

      Try G4, my G4 has been as smooth and fast as Nexus 6.

    • OptimusOBrien

      I have seen the G4 and used it a lot as my fiancee has it. The only issue I have with it would be heat. I feel like it gets hot quickly.

    • TP

      I agree, heat is something that I find unusual, but I am fine with the phone so far.

    • Marc Palumbo

      You don’t feel the heat as much with the leather back.

    • MatroXX

      It’s probably laggy due to the fact the processor is only a slight bump from the G2 (SD 800>801) with the exact same GPU but they’ve increased the screen resolution to QHD.

  • marshallpower

    Why should I trust LG, we don’t even see LG computers anymore…

    • Jaycap4

      I was just thinking “can I trust LG!?” and you hit the nail on the head. Where are the LG computers? Nice try LG.

    • Longtin

      the G3 and G4 blew the Samsung out of the water for sure. Yes the Nexus 6P is probably the best phone on the market so far.

    • marshallpower

      I still prefer my Note 2 after 3yrs on Kitkat than my friend’s LG Nexus 5 on Marshmallow, funny heh.

    • Longtin

      Exactly, updates are mostly social status things. They want to be able to tell their social circle that they have the latest and greatest first. However those friends still sleep at night, you actually don’t effect their lives. The updates are mostly redundant. My phones always works fine. It’s rare that it fixes a bug.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Samsung has better displays… By far.

    • Victor Creed

      Lol. No

  • blzd

    I like LG devices but they sure make it hard to like them living in this country. Lack of phone releases (no V10 for instance) and lack of updates for the ones they do release.

    LG Nexus devices are the best option for me. I can get LG hardware at the low price I desire and sidestep the issue with OEM UIs by obtaining software straight from the source.