The first Nokia-branded handsets running Android are due to arrive early next year. After announcing its plans to return to tablets and phones back in May, Nokia is providing more details today as it formalizes a licensing agreement with HMD Global (HMD).
Also based in Finland, HMD global is the new home of Nokia phones under a brand licensing deal that will last for at least 10 years.
Nokia is launching a new phones section on its site today, marking the return of Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets after Microsoft acquired its phone business and killed off the Nokia brand in favor of Lumia for smartphones. The first Nokia-branded smartphones powered by Android will be available in the first half of 2017, alongside Nokia-branded feature phones.
Nokia already experimented with Androidjust ahead of Microsoft’s acquisition, and the company’s first device after that deal was an iPad mini clone running Android.
A Nokia return to phones even in brand, only is an odd twist in the Nokia and Microsoft story of struggling to adapt to smartphones and Apple’s iPhone.
We’ll be left waiting until early next year to see if the dream of an Android-powered Nokia phone is truly able to compete with Apple, Google, Samsung, and the many other Android phones on the market.
Nokia is also preparing for their re-entry in the smartphone market with its Nokia D1C, powered by Android Nougat. Nokia has been living a low-profile life ever since it sold its phone business to Microsoft. And even Microsoft is finding it hard to compel users to buy its Microsoft Lumia devices over Android and iOS.
In Nokia’s case, it appears as if the Finnish company wants to make a comeback and reclaim its throne.
Nokia still one of the best and phone manufacturers in my opinion and this because of their consideration for user experience, ruggedness and simplicity.
Even though they have been out of the scene for a while, Nokia D1C should be a force to reckon with knowing the capabilities of Nokia as a brand.
Source: the Verge