LG's mobile device factory officially and finally shuts down
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LG had announced its plans to exit the smartphone game earlier in 2021, following a long history as an Android OEM. Now, new reports from the South Korean media assert that today (May 31, 2021) is the last day on which the company's employeers will be involved in the manufacture of phones or tablets.
These staff members are apparently mostly located in and around Haiphong, Vietnam, which houses an LG facility at which most of its mobile devices had been made. The workers will reportedly be able to keep their jobs, however, transitioning to home appliance, LG Display products or camera module lines at the same factory instead.
Despite these developments, LG insists that a number of its phones will continue to receive service and software support. The mid-range Q series is slated to get the next major OS upgrade, while more premium-tier devices (such as the Velvet or Wing) are projected to see Android 13.
This, apparently, does not apply to the Velvet 2 Pro, a limited run of what might have been LG's 2021 flagship under normal circumstances. The company had envisioned a program by which employees got them at a knock-down price, albeit under conditions such as a lack of support and no re-sales. However, the latest word is that this plan is now in tatters, possibly due to extremely high demand.