Recall that Microsoft bought the Devices & Services division of Nokia, and then subsequently ran it into the ground. Also, it placed a contract clause that no Nokia-branded phones can be released up to 30 months after the deal. Well, they have had a pretty long wait and that period came and went back in September, and the Nokia logo may soon feature prominently on Android phones via a somewhat convoluted release scheme.
According to HMD’s CEO Arto Nummela:
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“Today marks a happy and important day for HMD. Nokia has been one of the most iconic and recognisable phone brands globally for decades. The excitement of re-introducing this much-loved, well-known and trusted brand to smartphone consumers is a responsibility and an ambition that everyone at HMD shares.”
“Driven by the extremely positive reception we have received since HMD was announced earlier this year, we are excited about building the next chapter for Nokia phones. We see this as a brilliant opportunity to solve real life consumer problems and to deliver on the quality and designs that the Nokia brand has been always known for. Our talented and passionate team is uniquely placed in this modern setup to deliver our promise of reliable, beautifully crafted and fun Nokia phones for consumers across the globe.”
ABOUT HMD …
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HMD global is a Finnish company that develops mobile devices under the “Nokia” brand name. It was formed in May 2016 by purchasing part of the feature phone business of Microsoft Mobile, the company founded after Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone business in 2014. It is headquartered in Helsinki and made up of veteran Nokia staff.
HMD makes feature phones, as well as smartphones and tablets running on the Android platform. Nokia have said this move is “uniting one of the world’s iconic mobile brands with the leading mobile operating system”.
Well, I guess we can now expect some Nokia branded android phones by next year. Sit tight guys.. its coming.