Nokia, once a key player in the mobile market, is slowly seeing its name being phased out of the smartphone business. Ever since the company got acquired by Microsoft, it saw its iconic brand name being ditched. But a new report suggests that Nokia, the division of Finland-based company, which Microsoft didn t acquire is secretly working on a new Android flagship device. Also Read - Nokia Clarity, Comfort, Micro, Go Earbuds Series with ANC launched: Price, featuresAlso Read - Nokia C30 budget phone launched with price under Rs 10,000: Check specs, price
According to a Chinese website MyDrivers, the team behind Nokia s old flagship device N9 is developing an Android handset. The N9 was the first smartphone from Nokia that ran on the MeeGo OS. The Finnish company later also launched a bunch of devices namely Nokia X, Nokia XL, and Nokia X+ that ran on a forked version of Android. However, as part of the restructuring at Microsoft, Satya Nadella announced that the company won t be producing any more Android-powered handsets. But that doesn’t stop the other Nokia from making such phones. Also Read - Nokia XR20 rugged 5G phone launched: Check specs, price, India launch details
At its recent conference call, Nokia chief financial officer Timo Ihamuotila talked about the power of Nokia brand. We will, of course, carefully assess what would be the best way for us to maximize the value of the Nokia brand, also taking into account that we re in the lock-up period still in the Microsoft transaction regarding our possibility to use the brand and we have recognized that Nokia brand is the most valuable from recognition perspective in the area of mobile phones and mobile devices, Ihamuotila said.
At this point, it is not clear what brand name the company plans on using, as Microsoft owns the rights to use Nokia brand name for next 10 years. According to the report, the company will be partnering with ODMs to manufacture the phone. It would be interesting to see what kind of smartphone the N9 team comes up with, and what the company plans on naming it.
Microsoft bought the Nokia s devices and services division earlier this year, but several of Nokia s divisions weren t part of the acquisition. Among them, the mapping and network divisions weren’t a part of the deal. That Nokia recently under the leadership of newly appointed Rajeev Suri launched its iconic mapping service HERE on Android platform. The company also released an Android launcher which got overwhelming response.