Nokia’s President of China, Mike Wang has confirmed rumours that Nokia are to return to manufacturing smartphones in 2016 as an Android OEM.
Since Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division, which finalized in April 2014, the Finnish company has been under an agreement not to produce any mobile phones until 2016, and it appears that the company are keen to get back in the game as soon as possible.
This should not come as a huge surprise, Nokia recently launched the N1 Android powered tablet which featured their Z Launcher. We also saw a few Android powered smartphones from Nokia just prior to the deal, namely the Nokia X, XL, X Plus and X2 which came without any Google services installed.
This news will likely be warmly received by fans of Nokia before Stephen Elop took over the company and went the Windows Phone route, a move that eventually led to the sale of Nokia’s smartphone business to Microsoft. But there are also those that see the “real” Nokia as the guys behind the Lumia smartphone range.
We’d be interested to hear your views on this.
Source Sichuan Daily News