Nokia is Returning to the Smartphone Business in 2016

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri has announced that the former world’s largest smartphone maker will return to the smartphone business next year. It won’t be making its own phones, but instead look for suitable partners like it did for the N1 tablet.

When Microsoft bought Nokia in 2014, one of the clauses was that the company won’t make any phones till the end of 2015. With 2016 approaching fast, the company is now quickly looking for partners to mark its return.

The handsets won’t be from Nokia in the traditional sense. While it can assist in designing those phones and allow others to license its name, it won’t be able to use its traditional Lumia, Asha or X series names as those are owned by Microsoft now as part of the $7.2 billion deal, nor would it manufacture those products itself.

Nokia won’t manufacture the phones and also won’t be able to use the Lumia, Asha and X branding

“We will look for suitable partners,” said the CEO in an interview with Reuters. “Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license.” Recently, it used the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn to build the N1 device. Foxconn is popular for its partnership with Apple.

Now that the Microsoft deal is done, this new Nokia is free to use any OS, including Android for its new phones. Just what kind of devices will we see and will they be as readily available as the Lumia and Asha phones remains to be seen. Remember that the N1 Android-running tablet was released on a very limited scale.

Meanwhile, Nokia continues to flourish with its acclaimed HERE mapping and other infrastructure services, both of which are in high-demand from all sides.

  • Zahid Iqbal

    Let see Nokia will success or not.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain


  • DJ

    i think Nokia aka Microsoft should come up with all three major OS available in Market :) it will be a dream come true :)

    • Test

      Nokia is not Microsoft!

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        Microsoft is not nokia!

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      which 3
      you can’t use iOS

      • DJ

        yeah you are right but as i said dream come true :)

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          forget dream
          they will make android and the os by firefox which is web based i guess.
          don’t know much but that os is great

          • Hassam Tahir

            Linux maybe? they also showed a prototype a year back

            • shahid ali

              android is linux brother . Firefox os is also linux so is ubuntu phone. IOS is unix based. So basically windows phone is the only operating system for mobile phone that is well known and that is not based on unix .

  • Usman Sajid

    Can nokia Re making Symbian OS Mobiles?

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      symbian buried

    • Wolverine

      I wish Nokia make Symbian & Meego phones once again. There should be variety of OSes on Earth. But Sadly we have just 3 major systems.

  • Shehzad

    I am missing Nokia, the name of quality and trust. I hope they will strike back.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      that was Dawlance not nokia

      • Taha Najam


      • Tariq

        Wrong. Dawlance was reliable, dawlance lya to baat bani

        • Wolverine

          One day, Dawlance will start making mobile phones….

      • Wolverine

        Isi baat pe Dawlance ka phone ap ka hua.

  • Junaid Shafqat Paracha

    would be interesting to see what they come up with..

  • AK

    Just wondering what benefits Microsoft got after buying Nokia for temporary period. Can someone please explain .

  • Sulaiman Lalani

    As said nokia will not use its brand name instead they opt for any other company to be their partner in business. then what is the purpose to come back in 2016 just for the design? for eg what if Rivo mobiles comes with nokia licensed design will they able to show on each model “made by nokia”

    • Wolverine

      Nokia always made wrong desicions and ruined their name for no reason.

      • SN

        indeed.. i dont know whats wrong with nokia i still dont know why they sold there hardware unit..? agar nokia android OS apny mobile me le ata tou aaj samsung ki jaga NOKIA rule kr rha hota..