Nokia’s not giving up on mobile
A scant few years after it gave up its mobile arm to Microsoft, Finnish company Nokia may be plotting their return to the mobile market in 2016, according to Recode’s sources.
“As early as next year, the company aims to rejoin the phone market, two sources briefed on Nokia’s plans told Re/code. In addition, the company has a number of other ambitious technology projects, including some in the virtual reality arena, these sources said.”
Even after the sale of the devices and services division to Microsoft, Nokia has never given up its consumer hardware dreams. But since they’ve been explicitly forbidden by their deal with Microsoft to make their own phones (for now), the Finnish company had to become creative, settling instead on making Android slates.
Of course, there’s no concrete details on exactly how the company may re-enter the market. The company may still opt to go with the less costly route of just designing products, licensing their name and letting other companies manufacture and sell them, just like how they did with the N1 tablet.
The most exciting part of this rumor is that Nokia will be free to use whatever operating system they want, since they’re not tied in with Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform anymore. Our dream of getting an Android phone made by Nokia may just be in reach.