LG Ditching Failed Modular Push With Upcoming G6 Flagship Smartphone

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The LG G5 might have won praise for its ability to be easily repaired, but its modular design didn’t win over the buying public. Customers shunned the LG G5, flocking instead to Android smartphones from Samsung like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

It didn’t help that the G5’s modular "Friends" system was not very well thought out, at least not compared to solutions from the Moto Z lineup of smartphones. In fact, customers had to shut down their smartphone to install a new module. Even finding worthwhile modules became a chore for those that did decide to purchase the G5.

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Well, LG isn’t about to make that same mistake again with the forthcoming G6 flagship. LG has stated that customer feedback has indicated that they simply aren’t interested in modular designs. Instead, the company is pouring its resources into delivering a smartphone that is includes improved usability and more pleasant aesthetics (something that brings customers back year-after-year to the Galaxy family of flagships).

LG’s smartphone sales in its most recently completely quarter fell by nearly 25 percent, but the poor showing from its mobile division isn’t reason for panic according to company officials. “Spinning off the smartphone division is not something we would consider,” said LG Electronics Chief Technologist Skott Ahn in an interview with The Wall Street Journal this week at CES.

As for when LG plans to launch the G6, Ahn says that it will debut “in the very near future.” All signs, however, are pointing for an announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.