Nokia has just announced that it will officially look to return to the mobile industry sometime in late 2016. Nokia has to wait that long as they have signed a non-compete clause during their acquisition agreement with Microsoft. This period officially ends in Q4 2016, so the company doesn’t want to waste any time in making a comeback.
The company has made it clear that it will be looking for a new partner in the industry to move things forward, much like it did with the N1 tablet in partnership with Foxconn. This tells us that the company is still eager to license its brand to interested parties and take things from there.
“If and when we find a world-class partner who can take on those responsibilities, we would work closely with them to guide the design and technology differentiation, as we did with the Nokia N1 Android tablet. That’s the only way the bar would be met for a mobile device we’d be proud to have bear the Nokia brand, and that people will love to buy,” said Robert Morlino, a spokesman for Nokia.
He further added – “We will look for the right partner who can take on the heavy lifting and work closely with us to deliver a great product. As we agreed with Microsoft, the soonest that could happen is Q4 2016 – so it’s safe to say Nokia won’t be back (at least in phone form…) before then.”
Considering that the N1 tablet runs on Android, it’s safe to say that we might have a couple of Android based Nokia phones coming our way starting late 2016 or early 2017.
Via: Digital Trends