Nokia to design and licence smartphones starting with 2016

Nokia to design and licence smartphones starting with 2016
In a recent interview with Germany's Manager Magazin, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri stated that the company plans to start designing and licensing smartphones in 2016. 

Back in April, a report claimed that Nokia has this in mind for late 2016 when its agreement with Microsoft would allow such a move, and it looks like the claim was accurate.

Just months after selling its phone arm to Microsoft back in 2014 in a $7.2 billion deal, Nokia designed the N1, an Android-based tablet.

Manufactured and commercialized by Taiwan's Foxconn, the Nokia N1 seems to have been the prototype of Nokia's upcoming business model in the smartphone market. As its agreement with Microsoft only prevents it to make and sell smartphones, Nokia will create smartphone designs. These designs will be licensed by other companies who will also purchase the right of using Nokia's name on their devices. The Nokia CEO did not reveal any particular partners, limiting his affirmations to "We will look for suitable partners".

If the Nokia N1 is any indication to the quality of upcoming Android-based Nokia smartphones, then we're looking forward to premium designs and build quality, high-end components, and a simple but efficient Android implementation.

Nokia's name seems to be at the center of a lot of major deals lately. This April, the company secured domination of the network equipment market by acquiring rival Alcatel-Lucent in a $17.8 billion deal. Furthermore, Nokia is also now looking to sell HERE Maps division, with some of the alleged prospective buyers including German car makers, Apple, Uber, and others.

source: Reuters

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52 Comments

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yes i kept saying Nokia will be back with phones in 2016.......most people just laughed and said sure keep dreaming. Now I can truly say.......in you face b!tches!

5. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

They won't. Not in the way you may think. They will just license their name. So no PureView, clearback Amoled and other Nokia goodies.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I know but still the name Nokia is legendary!

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

they have patents.....so and in Finland there are bunch of intelligent people, that they can hire.....

23. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Actually, Nokia has 16 of most important patents that make a phone/smartphone able to work.

25. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

I thought Nokia has 40 patents to make phone work? Bloomberg mention it during nokia/apple patent wars. Do you have another source so I can read more?

49. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

They have a lot more patents than 40 applicable to phone tech, they sure own some of the most critical ones. I for one am really looking forward to see what they do. My personal experience with Nokia phones (I never got any of the ones with Microsoft on them) was great. It was such a shame to see that company stumble when Apple/Android came into power. It goes to show that even the biggest companies may fail if they become complacent. The buyout by Microsoft harmed them, they should've went all out Android and would've dominated with their incredible hardware. The Microsoft phones had amazing tech on them, I wish I could've gotten one of those with Android on it.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not the same. It is one thing for them to do the build, another to simply license the name.

45. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

they're doing the build and licensing the name read the article you numpty !

51. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No their not they can't build any phones till 2020or so.

54. BoobyBuster

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

2016..

67. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No it's 2020 2016 is the time they can design phones with will be made by others like N1.

29. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

You are 100% wrong. They have all these patents, and they are able to use all of them after December, 31 2015. ( try to read Microsoft-Nokia agreement) They just don't have an active factory yet, unless they use Chennai planet in India. They will simply be like Apple and BlackBerry. Designing phones made by Foxconn

44. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

where can I find it ?

4. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Okay and this is another official Nokia statement from a few weeks back: ""Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive," the statement read. "Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets," sourcehttp://company.nokia.com/en/news/statements/licensing-statement So does it mean future Nokia devices will just carry the Nokia name but won't be a real Nokia?! So they will just "sell" their name to chinese OEMs?

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes. Basically they will say, you build it, you can use our name and patents.

17. TerryTerius unregistered

Yes and no. At least according to this article, they will be actually designing the handsets as well. I'm not exactly sure what the technology transfer will be since it's not a true Nokia device, but with their design I don't think it'll be too far off from the real thing. Granted, I'm not sure if that simply applies to the aesthetics of the device, or the components and software as well.

6. boukalisjocelin

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

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7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I honearly don't see a truearmer for this. For one, their phone's to me we're always ugly. The Lumia from a distance looked cool, but once I held it I felt it was a cheap feeling device, bit I would have bought a 900 if it had Android and the same camera. Not saying it's a bad idea. Just saying most pens design their own phones. I do see they potentially could help an OEM with maybe some designs or improving designs they have. I would say HTC and Sony sure could use some.design help. Apole and Samsung could too. In fact they all could use some help on some level. I think this is a last ditch effort to stay relevant. I guess the team Wil be fairly small so sounds like more layoffs.

8. sssm23 unregistered

Nokia name is enough for me

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Nokia board should have voted to use Windows and Android on both high and mid ranged phones at first to see which would sell more vs selling out to Elop. I am betting of the 900 series and 1000 series Lumia ran Android, they would have sold 20M+ in the first year especially with the amazing 20MP+ camera. Nokia, the first company I am aware of who sold over 100M phones in a year fell to selling .at be 8M or so, is a really sad fall from grace. I think Elops came to help run them to a point to to make them cheap enough to be sold off. NOKIA should have kicked him our the door, just adopted Android and they would still be in business.

13. INTERNATIONALPATRIOT unregistered

This. And its a mistake of Nokia's board as well. Should not have hired a person with that bad history like Elop. That person will be known as a curse to mobile technology for not only Nokia but to the whole world.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

He didn't come in there to run them into the cheapest price. Before he got there they were plumitting. I could go on more, but facts wont sway people

33. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

nokia sold more than 400 million phones, record high when elop arrived 2010/2011. do me a favour tell me how many device did nokia sell when elop left?

41. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oh so they were in a perfect position right. I mean, why hire a new CEO, you don't hire a CEO when all is going well. And if you think you do, you are delusional. Taken from a 2010 article about how Nokia was already Doomed before Elop. But facts don't matter right? I mean f-it all. http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/2010/07/nokias-fall-from-grace-the-background-story.html We could pull up every article before Elop arrived at how bad Nokia was doing. Again you don't hire a new CEO just for s**ts and giggles, the funny part is a good portion of you think you do.

47. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

wanna explain to me why part of the deal is that he gets 25 million dollars if nokia is sold huh ?that's one two nokia weren't doing well but they still has a decent Symbian userbase indicated by how Symbian outsold windows phone for almost 2 years after being abandoned in favour of WP tell me again what smart CEO decides to completely kill off a money cow instead of slowly transitioning and also what kinda of CEO says his product isn't good there are so many facts that support ELOP's intentions and you guys decide to deny with the nokia was already doing bad excuse !!

52. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Exactly cause he knows that they eventually sell the company cause they can't f**king keep it. Yeah and what was the hardware of those Symbian mobiles Symbian was not even comparable to Android Symbian OS was just bad WP hardware Is way better.

55. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

well considering Symbian was getting a hardware compatibility update that year and that it outsold lumias for 2 years to follow doesn't look like WP was 'way' better wp7 only supported a single core as well and had a lot of missing API's

57. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Do you realise that the board of directors could have kicked Elop's ass anytime it would have wanted?

61. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i'm not blaming elop single handidly everyone up there was incompetent but he was the one steering the ship and that's that !

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