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Nokia Is Making a Comeback With Android As Its OS

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Just like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones or, heck, the zombies in The Walking Dead — It seems the brand that brought us the nearly indestructible 5110 and the grand-daddy of all smartphones today, Nokia, refuses to stay down and die. In fact, to our surprise and to the surprise of attendees at Google I/O, Nokia could be making a comeback and it sounds like this time they are fully embracing Android as its OS.

That’s right! Nokia Technologies is teaming up with Foxconn and HMD Global to revive the brand that probably has all of you #TitosandTitasofManila reminiscing about playing Snake or fiddling with your phone’s Ringtone Maker to make your own custom tunes. This is how the group will handle the division of labor: HMD Global will develop the handsets and tablets with input from Nokia Technologies, and Foxconn will manufacture said devices. Sounds simple, but there were a lot of factors┬áthat had to fall into place to make this happen.

Nokia has tried to incorporate Android in some of their Lumia devices before, but we didn’t really see those fly off the shelves. Only time will tell if Nokia will truly make a comeback and make us remember why they dominated the scene long ago, but fully embracing the Android platform is certainly a step in the right direction. For now, we shall remain cautiously optimistic.

Source: Android Authority

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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6 Comments

  1. I really love that old school games in 5110 and I totally beat the snake with the technique pause and play…LOL

  2. Microsoft is no longer involved, just Nokia. Remember MSFT didn’t buy Nokia, they only bought the devices and services division. And Nokia didn’t incorporate Android into its Lumia lineup, it made a separate line for that – the X line.

    Also, another company is buying the rights to make Nokia feature phones from MSFT. So there you go.

    What everybody isn’t saying while reporting this is that Nokia itself won’t actually be making the phones themselves – they’re just licensing their brand and technologies to different companies.

    1. The article actually mentions that Nokia won’t be making the phones. “HMD Global will develop the handsets and tablets with input from Nokia Technologies, and Foxconn will manufacture said devices.” The key thing here is HMD Global is actually composed of veteran Nokia Executives. I hope they get this off the ground, although keeping my fingers crossed since right now competition is so tough only Samsung is earning significant amount of money among Android smartphone makers.. All the rest are barely breaking even and big names like Sony, LG, HTC are even losing money..

        1. Yup. Edited the article. All the dealings that had to happen to make this possible are outlined by our source and was bordering on TLDR territory, but yes Microsoft will not be involved.

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