Why Failed LG G5 Modular System

It is exploitative to sit in front the keyboard to criticize a system of modules like the G5 LG once it has failed, in the absence of official. The truth is that many saw many possibilities in it even though it received reviews everywhere and, finally, LG will miss the closing to its modular system to continue with a comprehensive G6 LG next year.

LG was smart to anticipate, but with a different concept of modularity, to the ARA Project of Google and Motorola which also lies in a drawer of Mountain View. Although its creator is now out on its own, something that does not have too much future. LG your LG G5 became the first modular phone, a landmark which now means nothing by the cancellation of the line of development.

This decision does not but agree to all who spoke of the absurdity of your system but venturing into decisions so it is not easy and, simply, the move did not come as expected LG. It’s time now, with a coffee in hand and feeling the rain hitting the window, see what has failed in the process. Why there will be no more modules, at least in LG.

Commitment to the modular

It is advisable to start things at the beginning, and since the modules in LG seem to be a thing of the past, protagonists of a series of a single chapter, let’s see what are until they pass into history. LG bet all the differential value of LG G5 to modularity, He did so in February and to complete its terminal offered up to four different accessories called LG Friends.

The idea of LG with the LG G5 was the offer a possibility to expand the device out, in such a way that users could provide the extra value that each need. A camera system for those who search for a more professional photography, a sound system for music lovers and even accessories for virtual reality and video in 360 °.

LG G5 is a fantastic terminal modules are only differential value

LG tried to promote the use of its modules although in a way quite shy. Organized a promotion for users who reserved the terminal before going on sale, for example, that included two gift for the G5 modules. The system, however, has not triumphed. Rare LG G5 sales coupled with the accessories has forced LG to return to its origins. A step backwards, we follow the line of development that we have been in the G4 LG and “here has nothing happened”. But, what is it that has failed?.

A nothing comfortable system

If anything, the technology market has proven in recent years is that it has managed expelling almost all advances posed a nuisance to users. Glancing at the consoles we see the failure of PS Move, the dissatisfaction of the users to the system of controls of the Nintendo Wii or the almost conversion of Kinect in many games to “voice orders only”.

If something is easy or represents a benefit clear, the user just rejecting it

Users want to progress not involving them impediments or obstacles when using the mobile phone. Hence fast charging, wireless, fingerprint readers, or features like 3D Force Touch to interact with the phone or Touch. Modules, in practice, were annoying. The fact of having to carry with them, a necessary evil, joined having to turn off the phone to attach.

We agree that the failure of modules has been due to many motives all combined, there is an ultimate responsibility, but Off – system position – turn not ventured a good experience for the user. In fact, may be the most critical feature has received since LG debuted its modules system. Not be able to attach them “hot” on.

Where is the rest of the modules?

The difficulty of working with the various modules we can add to an evident lack of variety in them. The own LG said to be working with several manufacturers to enrich the catalogue of modules for LG G5 but in mid-October, and already with the news of the cancellation over the offices of LG, We have not seen any new accessory.

Or even accessories officers by LG, you could understand that the novelty of the product and the doubts of LG partners had resulted in one slow and insufficient response from the others. But neither the own LG has followed betting on its ecosystem. After the initial four modules, a silence of presentations that endures to this day.

The promise of bringing more modules for LG G5 also failed

It has not been an easy year for LG, certainly, and possibly scarce LG G5 sales led to the bet by the modular system will weaken ahead of time. We must not lose sight that led to the bad results of the mobile division restructuring in search of profitability. Who knows what meeting the entrepreneurial spirit in the development of modules, was lost or What conversation they finally fell into oblivion.

The fact is that today is impossible to acquire a module for LG G5 that was not already presented four initially. With such variety of options, it made sense without even having met a price competition among different manufacturers, and with almost non-existent marketing support to its modules, that they not calasen among users. Although it is now easy to say.

Modules for how long?

We carry which perhaps has been the problem with more weight of all those who have helped LG modules to extinction. The pace of renewal of terminals that the market pushes users joined the investment needed to enjoy the LG G5 modules. A lethal combination that has been able to cause its low sales and subsequent cancellation.

LG G5 was put on sale for 699 euros in Europe and today, several months later, we can find it touching the figure of 500 euros above or below, depending on the place that we go. A high-end terminal whose low price confirm its category, and today, is still having a high price for the great mass of users who buy Mobile Android of middle and low range.

Lasting and reusable accessories would have been an argument

If this price we add a module, even if we only go to the camera or sound, we find ourselves with between 100 and 150 euros extra. A price that we could assume in many cases if the manufacturer would guarantee its continuity, something he never did. Renew mobile phone every two or three years is a process already internalized by the market but, do we have to renew the accessories at the same rate?

LG bet by modules was shy from the beginning and was corroborated with the arrival of the V20 LG who could not take advantage of them. Perhaps a bet by modules from vendors like Apple or Samsung, more likely to give support to their accessories, would have been more successful. They would have offered more guarantees survival to these modules. LG not wet in excess and can have it paid.

In summary, which is gerund

As we see, the reasons why the system modular LG G5 has failure have been many and varied, and perhaps the real motives, which knows only LG, are not or even reflected in this article. Those who have collected during months of readers more or less-critical are the ones who are, and they are summarized in the following:

  • Discomfort in using them
  • Little variety to choose from
  • Expensive modules to a terminal whose price is already high
  • Without guarantees that can be used for years

Now, of course, that each draw their conclusions or expose the reasons why believes that system over cancelled. After this movement, we will put the vista on Lenovo and your Moto Z, will the Chinese manufacturer that your system to survive for longer get? Lenovo system will become the future of his motorcycle line? Only time will tell what.

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