Six months in the making, Nokia has announced that its agreement between HMD Global, FIH Mobile, and Microsoft has finally been completed. As a result, HMD Global is now able to utilize Nokia’s name on phones and tablets for the next 10 years.
At the same time, the rights for Nokia-branded feature phones which are still popular throughout the world has been transferred to HMD Global as well. To reflect that, the official website for Nokia phones is now hosted by Nokia instead of Microsoft. In another separate announcement by HMD Global, the company has stated that the first Nokia-branded smartphones will be revealed to the world in the first half of 2017.
While it didn’t reveal any release timeline for tablets, HMD Global did mention that both type of devices will be running on Android operating system which is something that the company and Nokia itself have confirmed earlier this year. As per their agreement, these devices will be manufactured by FIH is a subsidiary of Foxconn.
The prospect of seeing several new Nokia-branded Android smartphones in the market very soon is very exciting indeed and we are definitely eager to check them out as well but it still early days for HMD Global. So, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.