Nokia ready to lead the "next wave of innovation", but not with smartphones

Nokia ready to lead the
The saga of Nokia's fall from grace and return to consumer electronics continues to branch out into different storylines. To bring you up to speed – since Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile division back in 2014, the company gave up the Lumia name, and was contractually obliged to not produce any smartphones until late 2016. Since then, Nokia has launched an Android tablet — the Nokia N1 — which was met with relative praise by fans, but didn't really become a market disruptor. We've also heard a lot of rumors about the company working on a possible Android smartphone, reported to don the name Nokia C1. On the flip side, we've also heard reports that the company is not looking to create the same business model that it already sold to Microsoft, and is dabbling with different ideas. One of the options its looking at is, apparently, wearables — back in October of 2015, the company amended its papers to include wearable tech.

Well, Nokia has just announced that it will be buying French company Withings for about $191 million. The latter is a manufacturer of smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other welness-related digital equipment. According to Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia, the company is taking concrete action to tap into the “large and important” market that is digital health. Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, added that Withings shares Nokia's visions for health-related gadgets and Internet of Things appliances, and that the acquisition will help Nokia Technologies become a leader in the “next wave of innovation in digital health”.

Wearables are, indeed, a hugely untapped market. While there are plenty of manufacturers out there making the little gizmos, there is yet to be a breakthrough device that truly makes users feel the need to buy one. Currently, they are very effective step counters, sleep trackers, and silent notification devices, and are good at filling the niche of dedicated sporty-type users, but there is yet to be a groundbreaking feature to be added to them that will make most users say “Yes, I'd like to spend more than $100 on that”. Could Nokia be the one to produce such a device?


source: Nokia

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1. NoAllegiance unregistered

I thought John V left to Android Authority. That aside, I wonder what operating system these watches will run on.

5. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

there were rumours of Nokia cloud based os for wearable based on maemo and meego. around 110 people were working in this project since 2011 http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/nokia-is-indeed-developing-a-cloud-based-linux-meego-os-job-posting-confirms/

28. Nokya unregistered

Meego Microsoft's Is it not?

29. Nokya unregistered

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16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3285; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

John v is working in Android Authority now. PA should stop promoting the author of rival website... I want Nokia to come back and release Nokia Lumia 1050 with sd820 or sd830 and android as an OS... successor of 1020 is long due...

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Can't wait to read his Android review in AA. It's odd that he would make such a career move given his endless bashing of Android devices. So the bigger question is can he survive in Android Authority now that Android is bread and butter.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I want to get my CADs out to a company and see if my 1050 idea would fly with someone and pick it up, may even cloudfund the initial part. Though I would aim for an x86 so that I could use real photoshop and the phone to adjust the photos instead of having to transfer the RAWs out to a pc and do on the phone real photo editing from the pictures taken. Bundle it with a decent 2k calibrated 13in lapbook screen.

26. Nokya unregistered

Android wear

3. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

In Nokia we trust.

4. RichardYarell

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

...trust made and R&D in China?

6. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Nokia now own Bell lab they have strong presence in USA and France, Also NRC have many centre across the world Brazil, India, China, Finland, Uk etc If you like Technology you will know how Nokia's contribution in smartphone, network, video codecs and maps

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Just like all apple products!

12. ananthu07 unregistered

he is a samsung fanboy. lol

21. iDickjedii

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Apple products is God's given gift.

23. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Dream on fanboy.......isheeps.......beeeeehhhhhhh!

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Lol Nokia still sobering over the fact they lost their smartphone division to Microsoft? Well Nokia, just because you fell doesn't mean you should stay on the ground crying!

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

1: Nokis sold it's Phone division to MS, it was not lost! 2: You think Nokia is dead........Nokia is one of the biggest companies in the world network infrastructure wise! Nokia was founded in 1865.......and yes they are still here! Let's see if apple can exist for that long!

20. iDickjedii

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Nokia is dead like Blackberry. Rip. Apple iPhone Ftw.

22. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hahah spoken by a true isheep........beeehhhh!

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Most of the towers your phone connects to are Nokia towers

25. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'm talking about their phones division not their f**king satellites.

27. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

And still you are wrong, it was not lost but sold to MS..........some people.......just get your facts straight before posting nonsense......fanboy or are you a girl?

11. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Wow, that's a nice smart watch! Maybe the classiest smart watch yet.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

uhm... okay.. good luck... maybe its your last time

24. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Well would you look at that!!

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