LG has not given up on the smartphone market, although it is ready to abandon the modular design. The company saw lackluster sales of the LG G5 and its modular components. Saying that it believes that consumers are not interested in buying extra modules for the phones.
Still, the report from the Wall Street Journal does not actually say that LG is giving up on the modular concept. Instead, it claims that the South Korean company is “scaling back the modularity of the G6, compared with the G5, and is instead focusing on the phone’s aesthetics and usability.”
The LG G6 is not being launched at CES this year. LG is still looking at several possible dates for making it official, with the earliest being Mobile World Congress next month. Interestingly, there are very few rumours about the G6 floating about at the moment, which may indicate that the launch is a bit further off.
Modular phones have failed to make a splash in the market, with Google also struggling to get a working product out the door. Project Ara, which was supposed to begin with limited sales in Puerto Rico, has been put on hold indefinitely. On the other hand, the Moto Z which relies on casings for customisation has performed the best out of the modular phone crowd.
[Source: The Wall Street Journal]