Mobile phone manufacturer LG plans to open its application store for business to UK consumers later this year, it has been announced.
Today sees the official launch of the LG Application Store for the use of mobile owners in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.
Some 1,400 applications and 100 free programs are for sale, with the number expected to rise to around 2,000 when LG extends access to the store to customers across the globe.
A definite date has yet to be named by the company, but it has confirmed that UK owners of LG mobile phones are in line to gain access to the service before the end of 2009.
LG’s move into the third-party software market comes as more and more mobile phone industry players are looking to explore new revenue streams to compensate for the downturn in demand for new mobile phones.
This year has already seen the launch of App world for BlackBerry mobile phones and Palm’s App Catalog.
LG is, however, thought to have been less affected by the slump than rival manufacturers thanks to the huge success of phones such as the KU990 Viewty and the LG KP500 Cookie.