The very first Nokia-branded handsets running Android are on the line to arrive early next year. After revealing its strategies to go back to tablets and phones back in May, Nokia is offering more information today as it formalizes a licensing arrangement with HMD Global (HMD). Likewise based in Finland, HMD is the brand-new house of Nokia phones under a brand name licensing offer that will last for a minimum of one decade.
Nokia is introducing brand-new phones segment on its website today, marking the return of Nokia-branded smart devices and tablets after Microsoft obtained its phone organisation and exterminated the Nokia brand in favor of Lumia for mobile phones. The very first Nokia-branded smart devices powered by Android will be offered in the very first half of 2017, together with Nokia-branded feature phones.
Nokia presently explored with Android simply ahead of Microsoft’s acquisition, and the maker’s very first gadget after that offer was an iPad mini clone running Android. A Nokia go back to phones– even in brand, just– is an odd twist in the Nokia and Microsoft story of having a hard time to adjust to smart devices and Apple’s iPhone. We’ll be left waiting till early next year to see if the Android-powered Nokia phone is genuinely able to take on Apple, Google, Samsung, and the many other Android phones on the marketplace.