Android Headliner: Will Nokia Ever Manufacture Smartphones Again?

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As most of you probably know, Nokia was once the biggest cellphone manufacturer in the world. This Finland-based company was well-known for the quality of their products and cellphones like the Nokia 3210, 3310 and 8210 have become somewhat legendary. Everything seemed great for Nokia at the time and it was hard to imagine they could take so many wrong turns and be where they are today. Nokia was hanging on for their Symbian OS for too long and because of that waited too long to release the MeeGo OS they developed later on. As if that wasn't enough, they decided to sign an exclusivity agreement with Microsoft and have basically decided to release smartphones which are powered with Windows Phone. Considering the low interest in Microsoft's mobile OS, Nokia wasn't doing all that well and ultimately had to sell their Devices and Services business to Microsoft.

That's not all, as part of the agreement with Microsoft, Nokia was banned from releasing smartphones until 2016 if I recall correctly. It seemed like the company will simply die, but that wasn't the case. Nokia actually managed to release an Android-powered Nokia N1 tablet last year, they hired Foxconn in order to manufacture it for them. This tablet actually sports a premium build and is quite powerful in terms of specs, and best of all, it's really affordable. The tablet is, as of writing this article, available in China only but will arrive in Taiwan soon. Hopefully Nokia will launch this tablet in additional markets in the near future as well, because the interest in this device is significant. To make things even more interesting, Nokia has decided to purchase Alcatel-Lucent recently, and actually managed to do it though the purchase won't go through until early 2016 it seems.

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Following the announcement of this acquisition, many people thought that this is Nokia's way to get back to manufacturing smartphones, but that's not the case, at least not in the foreseeable future. Nokia has issued an official statement in which they deny any smartphones plans for 2016, though that doesn't mean the company has no plans to manufacture smartphones in 2017. One thing is for sure, many people would like to see Nokia release an Android-powered smartphone, not a phone running a forked version of Android like they did in the past. So, what's the reason for Nokia's purchase of Alcatel then? Well, perhaps it's the 5G technology, because Alcatel is developing such technology just like Huawei and some other tech companies.

What does the future bring for Nokia? Well, who knows. Perhaps the company will get back to the smartphone market, I hope they will, and I believe that many of you do as well. Since they released an Android-powered tablet, it makes sense that the next step is smartphone manufacturing, but who knows. Nokia's year-on-year profits aren't exactly the best, so perhaps even the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition might not go through. What I'm trying to say is, we'll have to wait until next year to see things more clearly. If Nokia purchases Alcatel-Lucent, then we can talk more about Nokia-branded Android-powered smartphones, but until then, I'm afraid we won't be seeing any of those.