By Patrick Avenell

LG Electronics has no tablet releases in the pipeline, and no major smartphone announcements are expected for at least the remainder of 2012, according to the new local head of mobile Ben Glimmerveen.

In a period marked by extroverted activity by smartphone providers, such as Samsung, BlackBerry and Apple, LG has uncharacteristically morphed into a quiet achiever — something unlikely to change until 2013.

“Next year will be a significant one for LG and an important one for realising the investment in smartphone and LTE technology for the next stage of development in mobile for 4G handsets,” Glimmerveen told

“There are lots to look forward to and I’m excited to have started my new role in LG at such an exciting period of time.”

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When asked about the noticeable absence of such a global player from the rapidly expanding tablet market, Glimmerveen said consumers should not expect any activity from LG for the foreseeable future.

“The tablet industry is not an area which LG is pursuing immediately, but this may change with the emergence of 4G networks.

“We have no product roadmap of this category at present, however this doesn’t mean that LG won’t step up in this field down the track.”

Glimmerveen was promoted to head of mobile earlier this year, after 18 months as the Korean company’s key account manager for Telstra.