Finnish Major Nokia has finally shed some light on its smartphone plans going forward. Over the past year, the CEO Rajeev Suri kept denying rumors that an Android based smartphone is in the making, but finally in an interview to the German Magazine “Magazin” he was quoted as saying that they are considering a return to the smartphone market. The Mobile phone market was where Nokia was the world leader in phones and in communications network for quite a significant period of time and released several revolutionary phones such as the Nokia E7 and the Nokia Pureview 808. Following the deal between the Finnish manufacturer and Microsoft which does not permit Nokia to sell or manufacture goods under its own brand name is seen as a hurdle to their revival plans, this aspect of the deal will expire in 2016, which is when we can expect the next smartphone from the company.
Rajeev Suri in his statement “We will look for suitable partners, Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license” reiterates the spirit under which the organization is currently functioning with its recent Alcatel-Lucent deal, which strengthened its Networking Equipment business which has been one of the primary assets of the company.
Moving forward, this might signal the demise of Microsoft’s mobile computing aspirations given the fact that it hasn’t benefited from the Nokia acquisition and has a very diminished share in the world smartphone mobileOS scenario. Also, this announcement comes after the previous CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop who has been asked to leave as the new restructuring process takes place in Microsoft.
All in all, any news of Nokia with whom the words “Quality” and “Longevity” have been long been associated releasing a new handset is always an exciting proposition which will surely excite fans and the people who have since drifted to other smartphone companies but would still return to the familiar Nokia font on their phones.