Yup, you read that headline right. According to mobile news leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass (reporting via Venture Beat), HMD Global, the Finnish phone maker that now manufactures next generation smartphone devices bearing the Nokia brand name, has plans to release a new handset called the Nokia 3310.
Is 2017 the year for comebacks, especially for old mobile brands? It certainly seems so, with BlackBerry trying to manufacture one, and of course, Nokia, which has recently launched its first ever Android smartphone, the Nokia 6, in China, the world’s biggest market for mobile phones. But there is no doubt many Nokia fans are wondering -- will the Nokia 6 launch in international markets though?
For those not updated with what has been happening to the once iconic Nokia brand lately, know that HMD, the Finnish mobile manufacturer that is now licensing the brand, has officially announced its first smartphone bearing the Nokia name.
During its Capital Markets Day earlier this month, Nokia confirmed that, yes, it will be returning to releasing smartphone devices beginning next year. A few industry watchers are even starting to predict that the Finnish company will making full use of an appearance in the 2017 Mobile World Congress (to be held either in late February or early March) in order to officially announce its newest smartphone offerings.
Quite possibly. There is some talk that HMD Global, the Finnish company that completed the acquisition of the Nokia brand from Microsoft back in May earlier this year, is in the process of developing a couple of smartphones powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system.
Maybe so. Just this weekend during the start of the Mobile World Congress in the city of Barcelona in Spain, the Finland based tech company has announced that is going ahead with its plans to start selling smartphone devices again. However, Nokia just could not provide any definite timeline, which means that it could happen this year, next year, or in five years.
In December of last year, it was reported that Microsoft was delaying the Windows 10 Mobile update for older models of Lumia smartphones. But recent reports seem to indicate that the update is finally being prepped for deployment.
Last July 29th of this year, Microsoft officially made Windows 10, its latest operating system, available to the public. As for Windows 10 Mobile, the version of Windows 10 that is designed and optimized for mobile phones -- it will be coming soon.
It is now official. After some rumors and even a few denials from the company itself, the once dominant phone maker Nokia is indeed making a return to making mobile devices next year -- well, sort of. For now, a Microsoft contract clause is preventing the Finnish company from placing its branding on mobile devices, but by the time 2016 rolls in, that stipulation should expire and will no longer apply.
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