Reports have emerged that LG is to return to the Windows Phone market with at least one new handset this year. Sources from its homeland in South Korea claim it "has some new smartphones in the works that will run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8".

The source - a senior executive from one of LG's local partners - told The Korea Times that LG is to ramp up smartphone production in 2013, hoping to sell 75 million handsets in the process. Last year, the company sold 55 million - dramatically lower than local rival Samsung, which sold over 100 million Galaxy S phones alone.

As well as the new Windows Phone 8 phone(s), LG is to release "quite a number of Optimus phones". The company has been consistently tipped to announce the Optimus G2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month - at which Pocket-lint will be in attendance - but new reports suggest it may wait until the autumn for a full launch.

There are also rumours that LG is the preferred partner for Google to continue with Nexus handsets. Speculation mounts that the Korean manufacturer is to make a Nexus 5 5-inch handset for the software giant for release this year. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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