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Report: LG G6 will ditch the modular accessories found on the G5

A new report claims that LG won't offer modular accessories for the upcoming G6 smartphone as it did with this year's LG G5.

Published onOctober 21, 2016

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A new report claims that LG won’t offer modular accessories for the upcoming LG G6 smartphone as it did with this year’s LG G5. This rumor comes after the G5 did not sell as well as anticipated after it launched earlier in 2016.

The LG G5's modular design is now open to developers, but with a catch

The Korean-based ETNews, citing unnamed sources, claims that the LG G6, or whatever the phone will be officially named, will stick to traditional smartphone design and won’t be made with support for add-on modules, such as the camera and speaker accessories that were made for the LG G5. The report also claims that some owners of that smartphone complained that the “Friends” modules were hard to both attach and remove from the G5.

The LG G6 will stick to traditional smartphone design and won't be made with support for add-on modules.

The story claims that LG executives want to offer a new flagship phone that will reflect the demands of its customers, rather than take a risk and try to offer them innovative features that may or may not end up being used in the long run. Even if LG spent three years developing the modular concept.

However, the same report adds that there is some concern internally at LG that abandoning its modular strategy so soon could be a mistake as well, as modules that were sold with the G5 will suddenly be obsolete and not compatible with future LG phones.

LG has yet to confirm or deny this new report (however, it must be noted that an LG spokesman recently claimed the LG G6 will support LG Friends), and as always, unconfirmed stories like this should be taken with a grain of salt.

Nevertheless, it does sound plausible that LG is trying to make its next flagship phone with a more traditional design, and move away from the still unproven modular idea. Lenovo has also embraced module accessories recently with its latest Moto Z phones, but it’s too early to tell if it will be successful for them either.

Do you think the next LG smartphone should support modules like the G5 or do you want it to stick with an internal hardware design?

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