Nokia’s return to Mobile market is a long awaiting one. Not with Windows Phone. But, with Android. Posting news about Android is kind of weird in Lovable Lumia. But, as a Nokian and former Nokia Lumia Fan, I’ve thought to cover this here.
We came to know last month that HMD Global, the firm behind Nokia’s comeback has confirmed its presence at MWC 2017, tipping that the Finland-based company may finally launch smartphones at the event.
Today, brand new Nokia Phones section appeared in the Official Nokia site listing existing Feature Phones and also confirms that Nokia is busy working on smartphones running Android.
They’ve also opened Nokia Mobiles Facebook presence at https://www.facebook.com/NokiaMobile
Here’s the Press Release from Nokia,
Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is now the new home of Nokia phones
Espoo, Finland – Nokia confirms that the strategic agreement covering branding rights and intellectual property licensing with HMD Global Oy (HMD), originally announced on May 18, 2016 has come into force.
HMD has today announced the completion of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited (a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industries trading as Foxconn Technology Group) and Microsoft, which means that HMD can begin operations as the new home of Nokia phones, under an exclusive global brand license1 for the next ten years.
Nokia branded feature phones remain one of the most popular choices of mobile phone in many markets around the world today and HMD will continue to market them as part of an integrated portfolio, alongside a new range of smartphones and tablets to be announced later by HMD.
Under the agreement, Nokia will receive royalty payments from HMD for sales of every Nokia branded mobile phone and tablet, covering both brand and intellectual property rights. Nokia is not an investor or shareholder in HMD.
Brad Rodrigues, interim president of Nokia Technologies, said:
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown around the world for the return of the Nokia brand to smartphones. The HMD Global team has the ambition, talent and resources to bring a new generation of Nokia branded phones to market, and we wish them every success. I’m sure our millions of Nokia fans will be excited to see their new products!”
Today also sees the return of Nokia branded phones to the Nokia website at www.nokia.com/phones. The website for Nokia phones is operated by HMD.
Here’s the Press Release from HMD Global,
Espoo, Finland – 1st December 2016: A new and exciting chapter in the story of Nokia branded phones begins today as HMD Global Oy (HMD) – the new home of Nokia phones enters the market. Finnish company HMD will bring a new generation of mobile phones to consumers, with the first smartphone products set to be launched in the first half of 2017, alongside the existing Nokia branded feature phone business.
The launch of HMD comes just six months after the company signed a strategic licensing agreement with Nokia, giving HMD exclusive use of the Nokia brand on mobile phones and tablets worldwide for the next 10 years.
With a leading position in the feature phone market already, HMD has a significant global foothold including Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, India and China from day one. This scale, coupled with a world-class and highly experienced leadership team positions HMD for a truly accelerated start.
HMD has developed a unique strategic partnership model that will see it working with some of the world’s leading technology companies including Nokia, FIH Mobile Limited (FIH) and Google. Future Nokia smartphones will utilise Google’s Android operating system, currently deployed on 86% of the world’s smartphones.
A cornerstone of HMD’s partnership model is an agreement with FIH, a global consumerelectronics manufacturing and technology powerhouse that will manufacture Nokia branded mobile phones and tablets, guaranteeing quality of manufacture and innovation at scale as well as giving access to FIH’s world-class R&D capability.
HMD is developing an exciting new consumer centric product range which will focus on innovation, quality and experience, alongside the iconic Nokia mobile phone attributes of design, robustness, and reliability.
The company combines the agility and attitude of a start-up business with the expertise of some of the industry’s most experienced and passionate senior leaders. The HMD Globalteam is headed by CEO Arto Nummela and President Florian Seiche. Together, they will forge a new chapter in the story of Nokia mobile phones with the support of an experienced leadership team made up of talent across multiple markets.
We say hello to Nokia ! Welcoming their presence in Mobile market ! We’ll let you know once we get more info about the devices that is expected to launch in MWC2017 in Barcelona. Stay tuned !!!