Nokia to bring Android handsets in 2016
After software tech behemoth Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile and services division for $7.2 billion USD, the acquisition details barred Nokia from manufacturing smartphones or labeling any mobile device with its own brand name till the year 2016 commenced. Now that 2016 is just a year away, Mike Wang, Nokia’s Chairperson had stated to the Chinese media that the company is currently setting up R&D bases in China to begin production of Android handsets that will become available next year to purchase.
Previously, Nokia had setup its N1 slate up for a pre-order price of $249. The tablet featured aesthetics that were very similar to Apple’s iPad Mini, even though it was running the Android Lollipop 5.0 platform and an Intel SoC. The high performing N1 also featured some of Nokia self-designed software portfolios such as the Z Launcher along with gesture and swiping capabilities.
When Nokia previously tried to make a comeback with its Nokia X and X2 handsets (which possessed an amalgamation of Android and Windows), the result turned out to be an abysmal one. Nokia was previously the largest seller of smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform, carrying the Lumia brand name. After the acquisition, Microsoft started slowly peeling away any connections that Nokia had with the Lumia brand and eventually replaced it with the name, Microsoft Mobile.
Nokia had earlier tried to devise a strategy by licensing its brand name to third party device manufacturers, but since there was no follow-up concerning that news, it appears that Nokia must have taken a step back. With R&D facilities being established in China, Nokia appears to be setting a front that will allow it to get back in the game that is currently being dominated by Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi.
More news will be published as soon as it becomes available.