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?
MyOrigo, a Nokia touchcsreen prototype from 2003
source: CNET Asia