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

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

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



Allof the above, it would appear, did not go unnoticed, for Zilliuacusgave an interview for CNET Asia, outlining a few answers that addresssome key concerns. First, and probably most important, we're glad toreport that Zilliacus has confirmed that the Newkia moniker isapparently just a placeholder. Moreover, the CEO of Newkia won't beZilliacus himself, but rather someone whose “name you have allheard of before.”



Thoseof you who decided to put some faith into the nascent company and itsambition to offer Nokia-grade hardware, but running on Android,should also rejoice. According to Zilliacus, Newkia has received afair amount of job applications from around the globe, some of which from current Nokia employees displeasedover the deal. Unfortunately, it's not all good, as Zilliacus admitted that he hasn't actually tried out Windows Phone8 for himself, a rather disturbing thought, considering his high-ranking positionat Nokia and his overall criticism of the OS.



Turningour attention to a more pleasant topic, Zilliacus has volunteered toprove the claim that Nokia had miles on Apple long before theoriginal iPhone was even a concept in Jobs' head, a notion heexpressed during his interview for Channel NewsAsia. What Zilliacusactually showed CNET Asia is a prototype MyOrigo phone built byformer Nokia engineers back in 2003, but dismissed by the company'smanagement due to concerns over fingerprint smudges.



Funnyhow life works, eh?



source: CNET Asia

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30 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

8. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 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

10. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Not Apple

25. zennacko unregistered

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...

11. Jack1192

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

Anssi Vanjoki

13. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 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.

20. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

STEVE BALLMER. Easy.

24. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Funny.

3. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Marko Ahtisaari!

12. Jack1192

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

I hope it\'s Anssi Vanjoki!

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Perfect

4. LPDDR3

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

STONE COLD..STONE COLD..STONE COLD

5. Kurai unregistered

That prototype looks deadly . . . lol

6. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 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

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

29. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 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

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

17. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

26. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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!

9. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

well played ms you killed the best mobile phone manufacturer

14. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

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

18. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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! ;) )

15. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

21. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Olli or Anssi.

28. jiezel91

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

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

22. Cyberchum

Posts: 1111; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

23. Cyberchum

Posts: 1111; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

27. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

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

30. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 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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