Nokia Isn’t Planning To Return To The Smartphone Industry
Nokia denies all the reports and speculations about the company’s revival to the smartphone industry.
In an official statement, Nokia stated clearly that it is not considering any plans to make smartphones:
Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive.
Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.
So Nokia “currently has no plans.” So what about the future? The word currently, as GIZMODO observes, does hint that the company might not be very serious in manufacturing smartphones at the time, but that doesn’t mean Nokia won’t come back in smartphone business ever.
The rumors, about Nokia’s plans to revive its status as the smartphone maker, started after an article was published in Re/code. This very article speculated that the Finnish company wants to design exciting devices and to licence these designs to other companies in future.
The article cited example of N1, an Android tablet which was licensed to another company for selling in China under Nokia’s brand name. The report claimed Nokia may employ the same tactic for revival.
After the denial from Nokia, it is clear now that the company isn’t thinking to return to the smartphone market, at least till the first quarter of 2016.
Presently, Nokia is working on several projects including the HERE mapping, network infrastructure hardware, and even virtual reality–none of which is related to smartphones directly.
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Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.