Nokia plans from 2016 to start again to create smartphones. So far she forbids it to do an agreement with Microsoft. The company will manufacture a device independently, and intends to license its brand to companies like Foxconn. This was stated by CEO Rajeev Suri.
“We will look for suitable partners,” said Suri, in an interview. Microsoft produces mobile phones. We will develop them and then sell the license to the brand”.
In September 2013, Microsoft and Nokia have agreed on the transfer of the smartphone business software Microsoft for 5.4 billion euros. Under the agreement, Microsoft will use the Nokia brand for 10 years from the date of signing the contract. At the same time, Nokia, according to the terms, pledged not to license its brand to other companies in the period up to December 2015, and not to produce mobile phones (including smartphones under the Nokia brand.
Nokia left mobile business due to losses. In 2012 the company’s revenue from sales of mobile devices totaled 15.7 billion, which is 34% lower than in 2011. And operating loss from the activity in this direction was fixed at 1.1 billion euros by the end of 2012.
Information that Nokia is planning to return to the market of mobile phones, appears not for the first time, but for the first time this says a top Manager of the company.
In April, the resource Re/code citing Richard Kerris working in Nokia consultant until 2014, said that the company plans to develop a new device that can “blow the spot” the consumer of their capabilities. “Nokia has a lot of great projects. Looking at them, I realized that the company is not going to leave,” he said. Then the company quickly denied the report.
Nokia openly demonstrates that the interest in mobile technologies. In June 2014, the company released a GUI launcher for the Android platform called Z Launcher. And November of the same year — the first Android tablet, Nokia N1. The company agreed to release the device from the Taiwanese Foxconn — manufacturer of iPhone and iPad for Apple, and devices for many other brands.