Nokia exec: our Android phones are coming in 2016, R&D center will be moved to China

Nokia exec: our Android phones are coming in 2016, R&D center will be moved to China
Nokia's Microsoft-induced restrictions on producing phones, and using its brand on them, will expire next year, and the Finnish communications juggernaut already hinted it will be back in the mobile industry with a vengeance then. 

It turns out, as per the President of Nokia China, that the company is actually going to fulfil many fanboys' dreams, and will start churning out Android smartphones, likely manufactured in Sichuan, where Nokia's R&D center will be relocated for good as well. 

We know that Nokia toyed around with Android before, and even outed the N1 tablet with the green robot's backing, but having actual Nokia Android phones is bound to cause some movers and shakers in the mobile world come 2016, so we can't wait for further snippets on the matter.

source: SCDaily.cn

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101 Comments

1. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Buy a generic Chinese phone made by Foxconn with NOKIA logo on top of it. Brilliant if you ask me. Many clueless users will buy them thinking its actually a phone from the old team of NOKIA.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So you're telling me my PS4 is just a repackaged model of a knock-off Chinese console?

49. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

One of the best fking news I read on PhoneArena since those last months. I don't even post on this site anymore so much there is nothing so exciting. I hope Nokia will come back with a Symbian alternative or a heavily Symbian quality launcher and visuals. In fact what I loved about Symbian is the fact that Nokia was pushing a lot of native open-source software and I must say that Android is open-source and have a lot of advantages but it doesn't really compete with Nokia's philosophy because Google want to keep a sort of closed garden for its ad revenue with Google Play. Anyway, waiting for a new N-series and E-series model. There is in 2015 no phone with the philosophy of the Nokia E-Series. Samsung tried to make a clam shell phone with keyboard but its a big fail and the keyboard is not QWERTY or AZERTY. Nokia we all are waiting for your BIG and GREAT come back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

60. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Symbian is dead and it should stay that way. Nokia was always ahead of the competition in one thing, making good hardware. The Nokia phones over the last few years were amazing, unfortunately they only came with windows on them. I'm not a windowphone hater by any means, just like my android devices. I strongly considered the switch to windows phone just because Nokia was making these machines, and Android was so fragmented. The Nexus line of phones kept me on Android though. My N95 lasted me for 5+ years, if Nokia does make a comeback I hope they do it with excellent hardware and make a commitment like Motorola to do it with stock (or near) Android.

69. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Thanks Godddddd! finally nokia is coming with android. I am with you, Symbian is dead and it should be... I will love to see nokia's hardware prowess with android otherwise I will say only one thing to nokia "PLEASE F**K OFF"

96. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Symbian still exists? I hate to say it, but at this point, trying to bring an entirely new OS/revive a long dead OS wouldn't be a good business decision. Windows Phone is suffering mostly due to lack of apps, and the situation would be oh so much worse on a new/revived OS

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Based on your logic, iPhone is also a generic Chinese phone made by Foxconn with Apple logo on it then.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm glad someone brought that to his attention.

54. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Well we've already been saying that for a long time. :)

75. CuppaJoWo

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

Haha so true. I feel sorry for Nokia though. Once they move their R&D center to China, the Chinese are going to steal everything Nokia does.

76. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

So it mean we will have more greatly specd affordable xiaomis, meizus etc? WOW thats great. Yes china plz be quick and steal everything nokia does, plz quick quick quick

89. CuppaJoWo

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

@ashoaib Disgusting.

5. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

if it's designed by Nokia what different does it make who the manufacture is?

29. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

1 your right bro NOKIA oh yeah This makes be feel very pumped up but sad that no NOKIA PHONE TILL Q3 2016

57. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

It might be designed by Nokia, but that's not the Nokia of old. They did have the best R&D department in the business, but pretty much everyone who worked in it has moved on. They can put a new team together, but it won't be a patch on what they had.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

First of all OLD NOKIA mobile division was moved to MS and most of the designers and great minds that made phones like N95, 3310 etc were moved. The other NOKIA has few people it gathered and thats it. They have lots of people who work on communication equipment but not the people from mobile division THEY DONT have the mobile division patents, they don't have all the great minds that made the old nokia so great, Thats why its R&D will be in China simply cause its a brand new team. iPhones, your PS4 etc are all designed in Japan/USA etc by thousands and thousands of experts and well experienced minds. Thats the difference.

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

And thats why the nokia n1 tablet is a generic looking copy of an ipad. The OLD nokia mobile division is dead/sold to MS. The other communication team doesn't have any experience or people who can make amazing unique phones like its mobile division did. Its like asking Samsung dishwasher division to make a phone with what they have without taking anyone from the mobile division.

14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

that doesn't change the fact that it will be a nokia phone 2nd of all all the great minds and designers that made the n95, 3310, heck even the designer of the iconic lumia design today left nokia during the windowsphone era 3rd of all i'm pretty sure your company doesn't associate patents with division and thus the "mobile division" patents are still with nokia and Microsoft just has the 10 year license

25. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Trust me, if one day Samsung or Apple got acquired by some other company (which most likely will never happen), what he'll say will be totally different. He'll definitely brainwash himself telling himself that that is still the real Samsung and Apple. This is how the mobile industry goes. Once you get popular, everything you do will be right.

26. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

Keep dreaming. I'd say try to be a nokia fanboy as long as you can if that's the only thing that make you happy. For the rest of us, we are moving on with big titans like Samsung, LG, Apple....

31. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

LOL dude say the same in 2017 or 2018 im sure you wont cause DAD OF ALL PHONES is gonna be on top again YAY way to go NOKIA love you muaaaah

47. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

You know, I really appreciate your love for Nokia, and I hope this kind of movement is happening around the world thanks to those fans like you. But the real question is if their fans are loyal to Nokia or to Android? If they are Nokia fans, where were they when Nokia was struggling under Elop? People abandoned Nokia because they rejected using Android, it clearly showed there aren't real loyalist in this world. So don't try to say you love Nokia, because you didn't support them while they used WP.

65. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

I love nokia but im not loyal to any OEM cuz they gimme service for the money i pay so no loyalty thats what a customer should be because if we are loyal to a company they will take a misadvantage of it and cheat people

97. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I've learned not to be faithful to OEMs unless they have guaranteed amazing quality. Made the mistake of sticking with LG, the Optimus V left a bad taste in my mouth, and the Volt went to crap after half a year (I swear it has the same memory leak issue as Android 5.0)

91. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Incorrect. Nokia fans rejected Nokia and Eflop because of their rejection of Android due to: 1) Android being much more similar to Symbian and Maemo/MeeGo. Nokia fans wanted something similar to go to. 2) Nokia fans had a huge disdain for Microsoft due to the rivalry of Windows vs Symbian in the smartphone world. Kinda like Android vs iOS. Windows Phone offered ZERO similarities between it and Nokia's previous OS's, while Android was like riding a bike as far as Symbian/Maemo/MeeGo fans were concerned. Nokia fans were REJECTING MICROSOFT/WINDOWS PHONE, not embracing Android as your trying to make it out to be. Nokians would have much rather preferred to be with MeeGo, as an alternative to Symbian.

102. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I was limping along on WP, missing my Droid, but supporting my favorite phone maker while wipping my ass with Stephan Elop t.p. Check yourself...

16. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

if the old nokia team was any good at what they did, nokia wouldn't be on the brink of bankruptcy and ended selling their phone division

17. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

well they weren't on the brink of bankruptcy they just had a failing division and the old nokia team was amazing their hardware was amazing and beautiful the apps they made were cool and fun JUST windowsphone ! Gulp

21. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

nobody wanted amazing expensive hardware that only made phone calls and played music, people wanted cheap smartphones that do everything. hardware difference is getting more and more negligible. if a company couldn't foresee the industry trend, adapt and re-focus, then the company is a failure regardless how great their products used to be

30. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Tell that to iPhone 6 users.

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