LG Electronics has admitted that its long-awaited Optimus 3D smartphone, the first Android-powered device to feature a glasses-free 3D display, is experiencing a last-minute launch delay.
The Optimus 3D smartphone was originally due to launch at the end of April, but a schedule slip moved the date to the 6th of June. With that date having been and gone, customers are getting antsy and LG's wall of silence hasn't helped matters.
The company has broken its silence to admit that there are further delays, although still hasn't explained why it is missing its self-appointed deadlines. "We at LG apologise for the delay of the Optimus 3D," the company posted on microblogging service Twitter in response to a customer enquiry, "but we are hopefully due to recieve stock at the end of June."
If accurate, that means that the revised estimate of the 20th of June could easily be missed as well. It's a problem that could leave LG missing out on sales: what was once the only Android smartphone to feature a glasses-free 3D interface has now been joined by the Evo 3D from rival HTC, and if LG isn't careful its rival will beat it to market.
Other factors could harm the potential success of LG's Optimus 3D: the device is due to launch with Android 2.2 'FroYo,' an outdated version of Google's mobile operating system which misses many of the improvements and features present in Android 2.3 'Gingerbread.'
At the time of writing, LG has not responded to our request for clarification on the cause of the repeated delays to the Optimus 3D.