Nokia might jump back in the phone business with Android vengeance, job postings suggest

Nokia might jump back in the phone business with Android vengeance, job postings suggest

When Microsoft purchased Nokia, it actually got its Devices&Services division, which hosts the Windows Phone Lumia brand, but also the Asha and other low-cost solutions in Nokia's Mobile Phones section. It also acquired the right to use Nokia's brand, and licensed its mobile-related patents for 10 years, with an option for perpetuity extension, also making itself a preferred licensee of the HERE maps suite for a period of four years.

Nokia, however, retained the right to use its name on future products, the HERE maps suite ownership, and its strong patent portfolio. This seems to be enough for the Finns to try and resurrect their former glory, and, if a smorgasbord of new job postings at LinkedIn is any indication, Nokia intends to do just that. The company is looking to hire engineers, designers and camera specialists with a certain experience, for new devices that are coming down the pipeline. 

A few of the listings have already been closed, which might mean that Nokia got their guys, but one in particular piqued our interest - a mobile photography engineer with experience writing camera drivers for Android. Thus, extrapolating from the fact that the hiring spree is done by the same team that issued the Nokia Z launcher in the Play Store, we might very well be looking at an Android-powered future for the Nokia that were. What do you think, do the Finns have a chance to stand on their own in the overcrowded land of the little green robot, considering that Nokia's best mobile technologies, like the PureView camera brand, and the ClearBlack display filter, are now exclusive to Microsoft?

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2. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Go Nokia....Go.... Just release one camera centric android phone...and we would be sold :)

58. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Billions will sold with this....just think the sold numbers.

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

This will be awesome(if true)!! Also, "the PureView camera brand, and the ClearBlack display filter, are now exclusive to Microsoft?" ?! Did they sell THOSE tech to those foo...??

7. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

unfortunately yes they had to sell it in order to get rid of the MS Eflop Crap !! But don't worry this is NOKIA..we are talking about hell they'll invent something like PURE AWESOMENESS VIEW Camera and SUPER Crystal Clear Black like tech there is no shortage of innovation here..

11. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Trojan Elop was the reason of Nokia's downfall before. But now he is out, the Finns can start anew.

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Nope, Nokia still owns these patents. btw the Cyan update comes from the original Nokia, not Microsoft, so practical Nokia is still in the phone business but with a different way.....

19. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

please enlighten me on this, Pureview and Clearblack patents still owned by nokia ? and this are exclusive to Microsoft? if i'm correct from my understanding, only Real Nokia, if they ever return, can still use those innovations, and microsoft also? so basically the two only can use this technology unless they licensed it to others? am i right?

28. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

All patents are still owned by real Nokia, Microsoft just has licence to use pureview and clear black names so Nokia can make same camera and call it other names like clearview or supercam without breaking contract. And because Microsoft play dirt, I guess Nokia will play dirt too.

21. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

That's my impression as well; MS can use the tech, but not exclusively - Nokia can reinvent themselves using all the tech they've developed over the years. Too bad the ship has sailed on MeeGo; it would have been awesome to see what it could have turned into by now! If they go for Android, I hope they'll modify the UI heavily to match MeeGo...

82. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I think they did. But didn't the Nokia employees transfer over to Microsoft as well (including their engineers and designers) to work on Microsoft Phone? Doesn't that mean the innovation transfers as well (or more so, since now Microsoft has full control over the hardware AND software, like Apple does)?

4. lucid.brat unregistered

Yes,Fins will always have a chance to stand

6. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

This would be a dream come true! A Nokia flagship running on close to stock android or even a nexus Nokia :-D

8. sgamao

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

There's no new phone underway, not at least for the time being. Nokia through the Here and the Technologies division it's going to build some quality wearables and probably some hype for a future smartphone (from 2016) indeed. Interesting times ahead by the way.

22. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Would be cool with Nokia quality/design wearables...!

9. hafini_27

Posts: 944; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I have always dreamt about a high-end Nokia android phone.

36. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

I think the perfect name for such a device would be ...PHOENIX .."rising from the ashes" Introducing the Nokia Phoenix. I like it!!

81. Dragneel

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

Like the name... GO NOKIA.....

10. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

The return of the king!

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The rise of the fallen....

14. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

My thoughts about it, the REAL NOKIA gave the burning platform to MS so MS will have the burden to distinguish the fire, Meego/Harmattan/Symbian is on dead end in my opinion, it will deplete their funds if they push the development of their own platform, they don't have that money to fund it unlike MS, ms IMO why they've bought a division that is in near death, is to develop their own os, they don't have time to scramble and make a division to compete in smartphone, they will be long gone if they wait and build a team on their own and costly too.. so basically, that's why MS is pushing hard to be noticed, because they have limited time.. When brand nokia will no longer be used, WP already established that's why they have a lot to offer on 2015, that's the crucial year for MS, if MS wouldn't be successful on 2015, they are dead.

15. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

That's why they looking to add new OEMs, as soon as possible....

23. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

yeah, MS definitely have to go full throttle, and on the other hand, as I thought before, it was a good move by the Real Nokia, Nokia smartphone was never out of the picture because microsoft used it, the company are wise enough to sell it, because they have the strong brand recognition, by the time they return, uninformed people will feel as if nothing happens, nokia was still there, and never out of the picture. as I've said, instead MS played fool out of nokia, Nokia are the one who really played them... LOL

49. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think no matter how many % WP market share were, WP will be dead overnight just like kin, if the real nokia launch android phone with nokia brand.

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hell yeah. The nokia fanboy in me has awakened again after microsoft swallowing nokia. WP fans will burn if this comes true. :)

37. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Good Rip MSWP

70. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I don't think its that easy.....they don't have enough money, they have lost many important patents and many good employees, some of them formed Jolla and the others went to ms...and today, nokia isn't as popular as it used to be...an android phone from nokia will not be as popular as it would have been a few years ago....now the only way to get back into handset business is to merge with Jolla and make android and sailfish smart phones at the same time

17. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Nokia + Carl Zeiss lens + Android = Best phone in the world.

20. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Guys fired by MS now rehired by Nokia again

24. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

and those Big Players (those who develop SailFish OS) who resigned too after the acquisition, that's why my hopes are high they'll come back in the game, and I hope this rumor is 100% true!

83. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Those guys were mostly blue collar workers. I believe MS retained the internal engineers and designers etc Interested to see how this plays out.

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