When Nokia announced, quite some years ago, that they would be abandoning the Symbian platform many thought it could mean that Nokia would turn to Android. Sadly, we all know that wasn’t the case and thus began years of Nokia Lumia devices that looked much the same and offered exactly the same features from one another. Needless to say, the Nokia of old was no longer with us. Since then, Microsoft now own the smartphone business of this Nokia, having completed its purchase of the mobile division last year. Now, Microsoft produce and sell their own smartphones.
The deal did not mean that Nokia no longer existed when it came to mobile however, as the deal was to sell the current mobile division to Microsoft. Basically, Nokia needs to start things up again and build a new mobile division after selling its previous one to Microsoft. Things have already started on that front with the release of the Nokia N1, a tablet only available in China right now. Recently, we heard reports that Nokia was looking to return to the smartphone market as soon as 2016. Now, it seems as though a Chinese executive has let the cat out of the bag.
According to China’s Sichuan Daily News, Nokia is to re-enter the smartphone market in 2016. The news comes as Nokia China’s president, Mike Wang, told the outlet that Nokia would be moving its R&D center to Sichuan and utilize manufacturing in the Sichuan area to produce smartphones, with the end goal to start selling new devices in 2016. There’s no confirmation as to whether or not these new smartphones will run Android, but it seems more than likely. After all, Nokia are investing in Android with the release of the Z Launcher and HERE maps available on Android, and the Nokia N1 has already set an important precedent. It sounds like those who wished Nokia adopted Android all those years ago might very well get their wish next year.