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Nokia rumored to be planning a return with a flagship Android device

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Nokia rumored to be planning a return with a flagship Android device
Nokia is rumored again to be planning a re-entry into the smartphone business. We've heard speculations and whispers on the matter before, claiming that the Finland-based company will be coming back with an Android handset, though, how it would go about the naming matter is still a mystery, as Microsoft holds the rights to the Nokia name (on a smartphone) until 2016.

Well, this new rumor, coming from China-based tech report sites, claims that the Nokia team that used to work on the N9 is currently hard at work, designing a new flagship smartphone that is going to run on Android. Microsoft may hold the rights to the logo, though Nokia is completely free to design handhelds and have them built through manufacturers. We suppose that, if this rumor is true, the handset in question will not bear Nokia's name, conflicting earlier reports, which suggested that the company prefers to wait for 10 years and re-enter the market with its own, recognizable name.

Update: Nokia took to Twitter, teasing a supposed reveal that is to take place on the 17th of November. Only time will tell if the Nokia team is about to reveal this rumored Android handset.

The Nokia N9 was an interesting little device – the first phone from Nokia to run on MeeGo OS, which looks like an extremely simplified Android with added gesture suppor to help one get around. It was a good looking handset that dared to look unique, complementing the OS it was loaded with, so if the N9 team is truly working on a new Nokia flagship phone – it would be pretty interesting to see what the guys come up with.

What do you think about the N9's looks?

source: MyDrivers via GSM Insider

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posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:42 17

1. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

I would love an N9 style phone with decent specs that ran a mostly vanilla Android, but Ill only believe these rumors when I see a product. For far too long have there been whispers of an Android Nokia handset. Just my 2 cents.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 04:41 7

23. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

In today's standards, I can't believe Symbian UI is just plain beautiful still. Less clutter and and more functional. Just IMHO.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 05:56 2

31. nokia12 (Posts: 484; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

Please PA authors I have been saying this on every Nokia article..
Ms does not have the right to Nokia name on smart phones.. all they have is right to use Nokia name on feature phones ... for smart phones they can only use lumia or ash a branding.. correct it

Nokia still owns the brand

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:58

35. moroninc (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:31

44. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

you can google the reports about aquisitions,

here's the list:

FALSE: microsoft owns pureview and blackscreen tech patent
TRUTH: microsoft owns the TRADEMARK of pureview and blackscreen tech name, but the patent and all the patents of nokia, is still with the real nokia, they'll just have to rename those trademark they've sold to Microsoft but for the patent, they just have given a 10 year license to use..

here's some link


posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:40

46. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


here's another.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:46

39. paul.k (Posts: 158; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:42 5

51. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Nokia N10 N-Series.......damn we all want this......legendary era of nokia will start soon.....king will rise again....

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 10:50 2

54. Sealblaighter (Posts: 220; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

May this happen soon!

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 11:05 2

56. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

we all hope......

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:43 15

2. ruwie (Posts: 98; Member since: 25 Sep 2014)

the Nokia will hibernate. and wake up again after 10 years and find some foods.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:44 5

3. harry29 (Posts: 20; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)

launch the phones with a name of Nokiaa instead of Nokia lol

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:46 2

5. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

Or Nookia

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 05:21 1

27. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 153; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)

Better Still Nokla!

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 05:32

28. ady_lad (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)

Or the could name it MeeGo :)

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 14:49 1

61. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

why not youugo ;)

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 20:27 1

64. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1645; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Yugo would not be a wise idea. Any correlation to a Zastava would be the final nail in their coffin.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:46 11

4. Arthurhkt (Posts: 483; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Awwwww the good old Nokia N9, i still kept it inside my drawer, the matte cyan blue really attract my eye. MeeGo OS are one of the promising OS as well, too bad it dead too early, wayyyyy to early.....

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:18

43. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

the most cleanest ui i've ever used, tho there are restrictions and shortcomings compared to the android and Ios, but still nokia's ui is one of the easiest way to use, in android i missed the feature in n9 where you don't have to wake up your device to see what time it is and if there's a notification, I'd rather have that what they call "glance screen" on n9, than notification light, it is way handy... i still have my n9 and planning to refurbished/repair it with new casing and battery... i really love the multitasking and swiping only, it is fast and not confusing. what do they really lack was, apps and integration of their apps, facebook in n9 are horrid but still handy... I really do hope they integrate their meego ui, running android, and they call it MEEUI. :)) and the feature I like in n9 are retained or improved... and I will completely be satisfied... in android, yes we do have vast of apps to download and make up with the feature you like to put it on, but on the expense of RAM your phone tends to slowdown the more you skin your device, I like a phone where the features are right on the box from the start.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:46 2

6. Mfa901 (Posts: 280; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)

I cant hold tears in my eyes...it is an emotional moment for me

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:49 5

7. android961 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)

Bring it on... the more competition the better the innovations for us consumers!

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:50 1

8. kent-gaga (Posts: 501; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

they could use "Nakio" for easy-recognition :v

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:52 5

9. Planterz (Posts: 2070; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

If they make an Android phone with those fancy-ass Pure View cameras they've been using on their Windows Phones, then I'm definitely a potential customer. Something like a 1020 running Android would be the proverbial s**t.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 02:59 8

10. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

microsoft only holds the nokia name for 10 years ON FEATURE PHONES. by 2016 nokia can release SMARTPHONES under the nokia brand

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:47 1

41. paul.k (Posts: 158; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


posted on 03 Nov 2014, 03:01 3

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (limited) (Posts: 1133; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)

Just about time when competition getting so stiff, even Samsung struggling in android.

too little too late Nokia

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 04:02 11

17. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

Comparing Nokia to samsung, well HOW DARE YOU

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 04:54 6

26. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

Nokia's build quality on their phones are second to NONE! Comparing Nokia to Samsung, if they both ran Android, there would be no competition. If it werent for WP on Nokia handsets I would have one now.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 05:48 1

30. Plesman88 (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

100% true, I would have bought every single top model. Meamo/Meego or Android. But WP made it a dealbreaker for me.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:43 1

38. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)

Nokia`s quality isn`t what it used to be. Out of the five we had, two have already died. One 925 was dead on arrival, and another just died just shy of two years after it was purchased. Both had SIM card issues. Yet I have seen HTCs last 4 years. Never going to get Nokia again. My only phones from now on are going to be HTC, starting with the M8 with WP. Or if Sony were to make a windows phone, which would be awesome.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:04 1

48. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

To each their own. So far 6 nokia wp handsets spanning 2.5yrs, no issues.

My HTC 8x had screen issues

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 19:18

63. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

I also have had countless Nokia phones... All Lumias... All were VERY good. I only encountered 2 problems in out of maybe 10 phones... The build quality for the budget phones were less, had button issues with Lumia 521.

But my Lumia 925s are going strong! In the hands of MY family, that is a feat - and a testament to modern smartphone build quality!

Nothing against HTC, as my experiences with them have also been pleasant.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 03:04 7

12. Chuck007 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)

As long as they don't overprice the thing like Samsung they've got a winner.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 03:11 1

13. bendgate (unregistered)

Make a phone with top specs and 50 mp pureview camera.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 03:21 1

14. surethom (Posts: 674; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)

Very nice a Android phone with Nokia fantastic camera. BUT it has to be mostly stock android though no over skinning.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 03:45

15. nvrhde (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


posted on 03 Nov 2014, 04:02 1

18. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

Yeah NOCARE you

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 04:20 2

21. Awalker (Posts: 1498; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


posted on 03 Nov 2014, 03:49 1

16. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Launch with a name of Aikon (reverse of the name Nokia)

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 04:15 1

20. dimas (Posts: 2130; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

How about Nobend or Norottenfruit? Then meebo will be a custom launcher?

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 04:43 2

24. Beijendorf (Posts: 340; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

As tadaa said, Microsoft only retains the right to release FEATURE PHONES with the Nokia name. On everything else, Microsoft was only given the right to the Nokia name during the transition phase, ending in 2016.

After this, Nokia can ride right back into action and release smartphones again, should they want to.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:46

40. paul.k (Posts: 158; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


posted on 03 Nov 2014, 11:23

58. noler (Posts: 322; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

They will release smartphones even though they sold their phones division? With what?

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 04:45 2

25. SIGPRO (Posts: 1435; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Yep i knew it haha, was telling it before and nobody believed me!
Because Nokia had several job openings they were looking for people who could write and code android camera software!
So it looks like they are going to work with the guys from Jolla? These guys worked on the N( before.
Still have the N9.......GREAT PHONE!

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 05:35

29. ady_lad (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)

Briiiiing it on Nokia :)

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:04 2

32. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)

Nokia hardware + Stock android + Nokia camera app & Nokia Music = Beast of a phone

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:27

33. Switch00 (Posts: 472; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

upgrade the n8/e7, especially their design. those were some seriously handsome phones.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:44

34. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

I actually have an email from last week from a member of the Nokia team where he corrects my "Looking forward to seeing what you guys do in 2016" to "2016? Try 2015 ;-)." I got it when I sent a request for being added to the Z Launcher trial.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:24

36. Spedez (Posts: 450; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)

I hope this rumor will be true but its a long wait to 2016.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:28

37. nightfury (Posts: 71; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

I have a boner seeing this phone....beautiful...come back nokia...plz

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:03 1

42. greenelektron (Posts: 531; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

Nokia Nexus!

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:38 2

45. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Honestly, since MS is not using the Nokia name, things might have changed in the background that we did not know about. Maybe they reached a deal so Nokia could use the brand name. MS already has the manufacturing capabilities, and they could use the Nokia brand to reach into Android and pull extra profit out of that without diluting MS phone sales too much.

If they drop 5% in MS phone sales (which wouldnt be much), but pick can pick up 10% of the Android market (which would be millions of sales) in the mean time, who wouldn't do that? That's a massive chunk of money to make.

A stock nokia Android with pureview camera and good battery life? I'm on board with that completely.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:58

47. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

it was the deal on the first place, the moment I heard about the acquisition and how the agreements was done, I've already have a hunch that nokia was cooking something, that nokia fooled microsoft on believing they where betrayed by elop which was their plan on the first place. It was like nokia sold it's "burning platform" because they knew it was already dead, and unburden themselves, so they sold the division, to have fresh start, because bleeding cash wasn't gonna save them, microsoft thought it was a good time to destroy nokia and to buy their division so they can have a bigleap to the competition on acquiring it. Or some good theory that microsoft really did save them, to have them a fresh new start, while retaining the name of nokia, until it is ready to re-enter again in smartphone arena, and in return, microsoft instantly acquired a division that will make their own smartphone and tablet and hybrids. so it is a win-win, tho they bleed cash, microsoft has tons of budget to support and develop it until it is accepted by the masses

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:11

49. wmspillett (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)

Most of the team that developed the N9 left Nokia in rounds of redundancy well before the Microsoft takeover, a good few of them are the people behind Jolla. Microsoft bought the entire Devices and Services business, including ALL remaining personnel connected to phone development. The team that developed the N9, which this article claims to be still at Nokia secretly developing Android phones are actually no longer there. Nokia kept the patent portfolio, which is just a big pile of legal documents, it has no phone development talent left because all were laid off or transferred to Microsoft, so if they were to develop new phones, they'd have to have started with a recruitment drive.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:36

50. wmspillett (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)

And on the subject of PureView, which several people mentioned, whilst Nokia still holds some of the technology patents, PureView itself is part of what was sold to Microsoft.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:54

52. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Nokia holds a buttload of camera patents, as they have been in the camera business for eons.

Even if MS got the patents to pureview, that wouldnt put a real dent in a great nokia cameraphone.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 11:07

57. wmspillett (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)

Patents are just pieces of paper. They are good for collecting money from other companies who make something using technology that you developed, but if you've let go of the talent that created them you don't have a basis on which to build a new business. Over the years, people always say "If Nokia do (whatever), I will definitely buy it; but as soon as Nokia did it, most of the same people said "How much? I'm not paying that, I'll have a Samsung instead". All mobile phone manufacturers EXCEPT Apple are now struggling to sell enough devices, even the world's No.1 Samsung; so it is highly unlikely that Nokia would plan a move back into a business where they lost billions. As far as phones are concerned, they can sit back and count the cash now because they invented or co-invented much of the mobile technology that we use today, in a market where making a profit is proving difficult for everybody, sitting on a pile of patents and doing nothing else is the sensible way to go.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 10:15

53. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

Nokia bring back the ngage... ;¬]

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 10:52

55. androidwindows (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)

lol i thought that was a lame phone.. :D

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 12:44

59. StreetNerd (Posts: 819; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

they will be the next Sony/HTC... they cant compete with Samsung... consumermind: Samsung

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