Nokia announce their plans to stay in the smartphone business
Finnish smartphone manufacturer Nokia have announced their plans to continue in the smartphone industry.
Microsoft bought Nokia's Devices and Services division back in 2013 and had Nokia sign an agreement that prevented them from re-entering the smartphone business unitl Q4 2016, with Microsoft rebranding all Nokia devices to 'Microsoft Lumia' as their replacement offering.
Yesterday Nokia reaffirmed their intent to continue with smartphones with the release of the following statement:
"The right path back to mobile phones for Nokia is through a brand-licensing model. That means identifying a partner that can be responsible for all of the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for a product.
If and when we find a world-class partner who can take on those responsibilities, we would work closely with them to guide the design and technology differentiation, as we did with the Nokia N1 Android tablet. That's the only way the bar would be met for a mobile device we'd be proud to have bear the Nokia brand, and that people will love to buy."
This makes us think that Nokia will be turning to the Android operating system again as they already have experience with the OS thanks to their use of it on the Nokia N1 tablet.
While Nokia aren't legally allowed to release any handsets until Q4 2016 that doesn't stop them from spending the upcoming months researching and designing their new handset(s) - we look forward to seeing what they'll have for us in the future!