Nokia codename roundup: Ara, Leo, Moonraker, Onyx, Peridot, Superman, Tesla, and Vantage
— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 14, 2014
That’s 8 new codenames, not already counting the ones we know of so far, including the elusive Goldfinger. The ones that catch my attention are Tesla and Ara. The former is interesting because it references either Nikola Tesla or maybe even Tesla Motors, each of which may possibly lead to some ideas as to where Nokia may be going with this device. Ara is the project name for Google’s (formerly Motorola’s) open hardware platform for creating modular smartphones, so it’s interesting to see Nokia using this as a codename. Could it indicate their own interest in this concept? If so, then it’s clear that this is an approach that more and more OEMs are looking into as a way to lower the entry barrier for phone manufacturers, which could prove beneficial for Nokia once their mobile phone business is acquired (since they’re unable to use their name on any mobile devices until 2015, giving a sliver of hope in terms of a possible comeback… but don’t hold your breath). It’s possible that one of these is a smartwatch or some type of wearable.
Let’s hope that these products will still get a chance to see the light of day once Microsoft takes over.