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Nokia returns to phone biz with first Android smartphones coming in 2017

02 December 2016
Nokia returns to phone biz with first Android smartphones coming in 2017

If reports about the two Nokia Android smartphone variants turn out to be true, it seems Nokia is trying to catch the mid-range phone market first.

Nokia's return to the smartphone market in 2017 is officially confirmed, and the first new Nokia phone will hit the scene in the first half of next year.

On its site today, the company [Nokia] formally announced it's making Nokia-branded smartphones powered by Android. Interestingly enough, Foxconn is one of the Apple's major manufacturer of iPhones alongside Pegatron.

HMD Global calls itself "the new home of Nokia phones", and promises we'll get a range of smartphones and tablets, which will be announced soon.

Nokia, as part of the licensing deal, will be receiving royalties from the sale of every phone and tablet that HMD will sell in the future. "The excitement of re-introducing this much-loved, well-known and trusted brand to smartphone consumers is a responsibility and an ambition that everyone at HMD shares", Arto Nummela, CEO of HMD Global, said.

Nokia is planning to release an Android-powered handset early next year.

Both the Nokia D1C models are in prototype testing stage and there is a slight chance that the company might alter the specification of the device before finalizing the product. In a deal with Microsoft in 2011, they chose Windows Mobile 7 as their platform of choice.

But the Nokia name lives on, and former fans will probably be excited to hear that come 2017, the first high-end Nokia-branded phones will be made official.

Nokia even updated its mobile website which says that the company is now working on its Android phones and it is just the start for them. We Indians, have an even special attachment, considering that Nokia was the first mobile phone (yes, back in those days there used to be "mobile" phones) brand to have ever achieved enormous mass popularity.

As indicated by AsiaStarz, HMD Global is the organization behind the rebound of Nokia.

"We are not going to skip any markets, in the long term", Seiche said of its global game-plan, adding that HMD has already set up offices in 40 locations around the world.

According to Nummela his team members are continuing relationships with retailers and phone service providers could help the company speedily convince owners of Nokia feature phones to progress in markets like Indonesia, Russia and India. The brand is known for simplicity, ease of use, reliability, and quality. Instead, the Nokia name will be licensed to Chinese phone makers.