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Newkia founder says the name is just a placeholder, offers some more insight into the new company

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Newkia founder says the name is just a placeholder, offers some more insight into the new company

We spoke at a length about Newkia yesterday, a Nokia on Android wannabe, founded by Thomas Zilliacus (Nokia's ex-CEO for the Asia Pacific), and allegedly, several other senior executives from Nokia. While many were (and still are) mourning Nokia's demise, that didn't stop the stream of admittedly rational questions ranging from skepticism towards the ability of a just formed company to actually successfully enter the smartphone market and live to tell the story, down to the ridiculous name.


All of the above, it would appear, did not go unnoticed, for Zilliuacus gave an interview for CNET Asia, outlining a few answers that address some key concerns. First, and probably most important, we're glad to report that Zilliacus has confirmed that the Newkia moniker is apparently just a placeholder. Moreover, the CEO of Newkia won't be Zilliacus himself, but rather someone whose “name you have all heard of before.”


Those of you who decided to put some faith into the nascent company and its ambition to offer Nokia-grade hardware, but running on Android, should also rejoice. According to Zilliacus, Newkia has received a fair amount of job applications from around the globe, some of which from current Nokia employees displeased over the deal. Unfortunately, it's not all good, as Zilliacus admitted that he hasn't actually tried out Windows Phone 8 for himself, a rather disturbing thought, considering his high-ranking position at Nokia and his overall criticism of the OS.


Turning our attention to a more pleasant topic, Zilliacus has volunteered to prove the claim that Nokia had miles on Apple long before the original iPhone was even a concept in Jobs' head, a notion he expressed during his interview for Channel NewsAsia. What Zilliacus actually showed CNET Asia is a prototype MyOrigo phone built by former Nokia engineers back in 2003, but dismissed by the company's management due to concerns over fingerprint smudges.


Funny how life works, eh?



source: CNET Asia

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:35

1. Commentator (Posts: 2294; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


'...the CEO of Newkia won't be Zilliacus himself, but rather someone whose “name you have all heard of before.”'

Stephen Elop, anyone?!?!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:41 3

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Stephen Elop is on Microsoft CEO list, so don't include him in here. How about Steve Wozniak? It will be great if Woz join Newkia, Woz is a smart guy, with Zilliacus and Woz, Newkia will be okay.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:04 5

8. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


The day steve wozniak re-joins apple is the day i will throw away all my samsung phones and will vow to only buy apple in future. he truly is a living legend

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:38 1

10. troutsy (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Not Apple

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:15 1

25. zennacko (Posts: 222; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


If Woz joins ANY tech-related business, it\'ll be pure awesomeness and success from the moment he joined. I\'m not an Apple fanboy or anything, but I gotta admit, that guy has passion for IT, he knows what he talks about, and he\'s not your typical \'analyst\' that says lots of things without any sense or based (biased) on personal concepts, he\'s over that. That\'s why any company should try to hire him...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:43 1

11. Jack1192 (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


Anssi Vanjoki

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:53

13. juandante (Posts: 236; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Shocking to see how the prototype was so close to the iPhone concept in 2003. Revealing this concept, I think that this guy sure have ideas to revive Nokia from its ashes.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:40 1

20. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


STEVE BALLMER. Easy.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:42

24. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Funny.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:46 2

3. sbw44 (Posts: 366; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Marko Ahtisaari!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:43 3

12. Jack1192 (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


I hope it\'s Anssi Vanjoki!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:39 1

19. akki20892 (Posts: 3252; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Perfect

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:57 3

4. LPDDR3 (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


STONE COLD..STONE COLD..STONE COLD

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:59

5. Kurai (unregistered)


That prototype looks deadly . . . lol

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:02 2

6. lalalaman (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


If it had came in 2003 ....I would have bought it....
Not to mention it would have been a hit if came in 2003 as nokia was a leader....moto and others were not capable like tht a tht time

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:15 1

16. boosook (Posts: 904; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Oh, come on... Nokia was already behind... this is the sonyericsson p800, released in 2002 (and it was not a prototype):
http://www.hiwtc.com/photo/products/34/05/46/54660.jpg
And the fact that the nokia prototype never saw the light due to fingerprint concerns just shows how they were not able to understand the market, a problem which led them to underestimate the impact of the iphone when it was released.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:32

29. lalalaman (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


well nokia was not behind....the talk about market leads no where(samsung has more galaxies than no. of nokia devices almost....and talk about apple 4inch iphone)...the experimentation dont hurt,nokia should not have discarded it IMO

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:03 1

7. jellmoo (Posts: 625; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


"...Zilliacus admitted that he hasn't actually tried out Windows Phone 8 for himself..."

I... What... How... This... My mind is utterly boggled by this.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:18 1

17. boosook (Posts: 904; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


This is absurd, a manager that wants to lead a mobile phone company should at least know what its competitors are doing.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:30

26. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


He should, that is why he understands Apple and iOS....WP8 isn't a competitor in and of itself, but it's not like he was going to dismiss WP8 and not develop for it ad one OS strategy that put the nails in Nokia's coffin and sealed the shipping crate that shipped Nokia to MS headquarters.

You guys comment as if he was building an OS, he is building a device!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:19 4

9. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


well played ms you killed the best mobile phone manufacturer

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:06 1

14. IgorEfremenko (Posts: 31; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


The prototype does not even remotely remind Nokia. It is pure Ericsson (without Sony).

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:19 1

18. boosook (Posts: 904; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Let\'s say it looks like a bad copy of the P800, which had been released one year before (probably in SonyEricsson they were not so concerned about fingerprints! ;) )

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:14 1

15. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Wow, Nokia really missed the ball by not coming out with this. 2003 I was rocking the Nokia 6800 (I believe), and I would have saved up like heck to afford one of these concepts. apple probably wouldn't have even bothered with an iphone with a market dominated by this.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:43

21. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 825; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Olli or Anssi.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 02:42

28. jiezel91 (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


No. Not Olli once again. Anssi is way much better. Or Marko

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 12:44

22. Cyberchum (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Whatever just give us Nokia hardware with an improved Android experience, fork it if you have to just let it have access to the play store it and it'll do just fine.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 12:45

23. Cyberchum (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Whatever just give us Nokia hardware with an improved Android experience, fork it if you have to just let it have access to the play store it and it'll do just fine.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:42

27. gazmatic (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


This will flop so hard.... All those Android zealots who vowed to buy an Android powered Nokia won\'t even touch it....

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:27

30. amansingal14 (Posts: 283; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Lets just wish it awesome success. It'd be nice to have a part of Nokia itself to replace the place that Nokia had in my heart.

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