Ever since Nokia sold off their mobile division to Microsoft, many have been wondering if the Finnish company would see a return to mobile. So far for the most part, we’ve seen Nokia explore other technologies, like with the launch of the Nokia OZO virtual reality camera, but wonder no more because Nokia has announced their triumphant return.
However we should point out that Nokia’s return will not be by the company themselves, but rather under a new agreement in which Nokia will be granting a company called HMD an exclusive global license to create Nokia-branded mobile devices. In a way you could think of this deal as being similar to Google’s Nexus handsets, in which Google grants certain OEMs the right to create phones under the Nexus branding.
According to Nokia,
“So, under a new agreement, Nokia Technologies has granted HMD, a new company led by some of the world’s top mobile specialists, an exclusive global license to create a full range of Nokia-branded smartphones, tablets, and feature phones for the next decade. The new smartphones and tablets will be based on Android, uniting one of the world’s iconic mobile brands, Nokia, with the leading mobile operating system and app development community.”
This move shouldn’t really be surprising because earlier this year, Nokia’s CEO confirmed that if and when the company does return to mobile, they will not actually be making th