In tandem with last week’s surprise reveal of their newest Android phone, Nokia also filed a European trademark application for the name “Viki” with this interesting description:
“Software for the creation and monitoring of mobile and web digital assistants working with knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice-based interface.”
In the new scheme of things, Nokia, as a company, is now limited to branding, patents, and oversight roles when it comes to smartphone manufacturing. Foxconn handles the production arm, while HMD Global ties up everything through development, marketing and sales.
Given this new development, it seems that Nokia is positioning itself into a more prominent role in the ecosystem, through software and AI development via Viki. Of course, this is all speculation at this point, as companies file patents all the time without ever actually using them.