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LG Reveals 3D UI Arena & Windows Mobile Partnership

LG time and there were things both simultaneously uplifting and altogether depressing about what it has announced at MWC 2009...

As always (since I'm a glass half full - if ranty - type of guy) the good stuff first and that primarily entails something we've seen before: the Arena. As we know (especially if you just clicked the link earlier or are good enough to possess a memory longer than the average goldfish) the Arena is LG's big cheese, Mr Big, Take That comeback tour of its 2009 product offerings.

Sporting a 3in 'WVGA' (yes, it's horribly ambiguous) touchscreen display, HSDPA, WiFi, 8GB of internal memory, FM tuner and 5MP camera the Arena makes a pretty decent stab at the high end handset specs table. The proof of the pudding however is in the still unknown '3D cube interface', something that has worked well for many years on Linux PCs but remains an altogether unknown quantity on mobile phones. Sadly therefore, what more can we say...

Even more bizarre however is the 'GD900', an HSUPA slider with virtually no official specs but a transparent keypad *really*. Being see-through has its costs though with the GD900 measuring a hefty 105 x 52.5 x 13.4mm and every other meaningful titbit being hidden away for now.

Elsewhere things get even muddier with the 'GM730', a low end smartphone with 3in 'WQVGA' (I wish they'd stop using that too) touchscreen display, HSDPA, WiFi and aGPS. It's rather dull looks take the fun out the party however and this spin-the-bottle extravaganza is well and truly over with news Windows Mobile 6.1 has been picked for its core.

This isn't the end of the bad news however because LG has also confirmed at MWC that it has chosen the Windows Mobile operating system to be its primary OS for all future smartphones. Official word from LG CEO Yong Nam is "The Windows platform brings flexible and customer-friendly software that ties into the web and the PC, giving our phones a wide range of new capabilities to address an increasing number of segments and markets."

*Shakes fist, bangs head against the door, punches door, bangs head through the door. Gets stuck. Remains angry*

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Ohmz

February 17, 2009, 7:21 am

"This isn't the end of the bad news however because LG has also confirmed at MWC that it has chosen the Windows Mobile operating system to be its primary OS for all future smartphones."





Um, what is the logic here when Android is FREE!? And looks to be a hell of a lot better than WM!?

Gordon394

February 17, 2009, 7:30 am

@Ohmz - I have no idea. I guess that's the end of LG smartphones for the next 12 months at least...

basicasic

February 17, 2009, 12:21 pm

I wonder if the Vole is "sponsoring" these LG smartphones.

Ironduke

February 17, 2009, 12:24 pm

lolv when are these phone makers going to step up to the plate and take on jobsey

Lee Marshall

February 17, 2009, 1:13 pm

What is horribly ambiguous about WVGA? Sounds like 800x480 to me.

ChaosDefinesOrder

February 17, 2009, 2:19 pm

I'm with Lee here, WVGA is a standard resolution of 800x480 so there's nothing ambiguous about it! Ambiguous means there's multiple interpretations. Not knowing that WVGA means 800x480 is just not knowing what it means, there's nothing else that WVGA could mean!





WQVGA is also a standard resolution as "wide quarter VGA" so 400x240 - the only ambiguity is that for higher resolutions (as in bigger than VGA!) the Q stands for "Quad" instead.

mkaibear

February 17, 2009, 2:41 pm

>Um, what is the logic here when Android is FREE!?





I suspect Microsoft may have paid LG, so it's actually cheaper than Android? Microsoft have a *huge* marketing budget.





At this point, we know that MS is having to rewrite a lot of WM7 as otherwise it won't be competitive with Android / Mobile OSX / WebOS - this being the case I suspect MS are pushing manufacturers to release WM6.1 and WM6.5 devices to at least try to keep the mindshare.





It's a canny move from them.

Gnormie

February 17, 2009, 3:25 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder


It's ambiguous because WVGA could mean anything from 50000x480 to 800x450, 800x480 isn't the standard resolution it is simply the most common and in a 16:10 ratio which many manufacturers use in mobile devices and since a few are switching to 16:9 now it can be ambiguous.

Hallainzil

February 17, 2009, 5:02 pm

"This isn't the end of the bad news however because LG has also confirmed at MWC that it has chosen the Windows Mobile operating system to be its primary OS for all future smartphones."





Oh for God's sake...





I mean, I understand that Microsoft probably paid them for it, but then I can't help but fear the worst for their new "revolutionary UI". Could it be that it's just a heavily skinned WM 6.5? If so, then I doubt it will be very revolutionary at all (other than it may cause LG users to revolt).





What I cannot understand is why LG expects to release this sort of info and get a positive reaction. Let's hope that someone else nails them for their mistakes this year.

Gordon394

February 17, 2009, 6:36 pm

@Gnormie - thanks for that, you just saved me writing exactly the same thing ;)

HarryGlass

February 17, 2009, 8:34 pm

I've had various Sony phones the last 5 years, WM looks great to me. There's so much more it can do than my phones could. Ok it ain't finger friendly, but I've never had a touchscreen phone. For me coming from this pretty basic Sony interface, would I end up bashing WM like everyone here always does? 6.5 looks cute.

ThaDon

February 18, 2009, 4:14 am

Step AWAY from the MicroShite HK! Step away NOW!!!





*Brandishing shiny gun-metal weapon in a Peter Griffin voice_under Jack Bower tone*

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