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LG: We'll be first with Windows Phone 7; more details on launch

LG had some interesting things to say, at least according to 'What Hi-Fi?'

First, we get more confirmation of a Europe-first launch, where LG says they'll have their 3.8" device based on the Optimus-line (previously seen to be running Android, looky here) ready to go, ahead of Samsung and HTC. This device will presumably be lacking a hard-keyboard.

The next bit is that in the U.S., we'll be getting the version with the keyboard, like above (Panther/GW910), in November. We're guessing AT&T for that one, but wouldn't mind a Sprint model to kick around.

Finally, LG is either trying to make Microsoft look good or they really believe in Windows Phone 7, as they supposedly told Korean reporters that

 ... it expects WP7 to outperform the two rival smartphone operating systems

The rivals being of course Android and the iPhone (don't you love how Blackberry is not even mentioned anymore?). Sounds good to us.

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says:

If there are enough good models from LG and others then I don't see why WP7 wouldn't sell very good? It seems pretty obvious to me that MS is going to push the platform strong and the way they're treating devs as far as support and free tools goes, I also expect a good strong growing app market as well.

The rest is just quick scheduled updates to fill in the gaps that the initial release of the OS will have. The quicker those get filled the better it'll be all around, it also shows buyers that MS is supporting them as well and not just looking out for #1.

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And not a moment too soon!
They've been trailing the pack for too long, they just kept making the iPhone, Android and Palm look good.
It's time for a change.

jfa1 says:

I think that it will sell very well. I would hope that ATT gets the LG Panther but I would like to see it with a virtual keyboard only, unless they can get the thickness down to just about the same with and without the physical kb.

says:

(Older story)
"November 3, 2008
LG and MS Win Mobile Deal
LG and Microsoft this morning said they have both signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic link between the two companies in mobile devices."

It's an annual event. Every year LG signs another deal with Microsoft, staking its future to Microsoft's Windows Phones.

says:

It seems pretty obvious to me that MS is going to push the platform strong and the way they're treating devs as far as support and free tools goes, I also expect a good strong growing app market as well. scrub m65

The rest is just quick scheduled updates to fill in the gaps that the initial release of the OS will have.