Nokia smartphones are making a comeback with android
Once upon a time Nokia was the largest vendor of mobile phones in the world.Nokia was founded in 1865.In its 151-year history, the Finnish company has built (and sold) everything from toilet paper to television sets. But that’s not really what Nokia is known (and remembered) for. It is remembered, largely, for its mobile phones.
Sadly, it was its mobile phones that brought its downfall. Android and iOS were simply too good for Symbian. Nokia was dead figuratively. Literally, it wasn’t, but then Nokia under Microsoft was like no-Nokia at all. Nokia’s mobile devices division was now Microsoft Mobile. Symbian (and MeeGo) was long lost in translation. Windows OS for mobile was the future.
Nokia phones were not branded Nokia phones anymore and that was good news for rivals. To not have a Nokia phone with a Nokia branding meant killing off one half of its aspiration value. The other half was killed off by Windows Phone OS’ sheer lack of ambition. Whatever Microsoft (and Nokia) did, there were never simply enough apps on Windows Store. Don’t mind me, Windows Mobile is (was) a fantastic (and a very original) operating system, sadly, its implementation is (has been) largely all over the place.
Call it Nokia’s bad luck, but none of its Windows Phone toting (save some) phones have flown like its previous offerings. They’ve just about managed to take off, only to go down in mid-air.
All this will be changing in 2017 when Nokia will return with smartphones: Nokia-branded smartphones. Nokia’s investor-focused presentation PDF file has found its way to the Internet and at least two slides there in seemingly confirm that Nokia-branded smartphones are indeed coming in 2017.
Android-based Nokia phones would be released some time in Q2 2017 which means ideally the company should make some sort of announcement regarding the same at the upcoming MWC event in February. The fact that Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri will be hosting a keynote at the event also raises lots of possibilities.
Nokia has history in its favour. The Nokia 1011 was the first commercially available GSM-based mobile phone. The Nokia 3310 remains to be a tough cookie to crack to this day. The Nokia 1100, to this day, remains to be the best-selling mobile phone of all time.
Nokia is said to be working on at least two high-end Android phones: one with 5.2-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch screen. Both the phones are said to sport a 2K resolution display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood. On the camera front, the high-end phones from Nokia are said to come with a 22.6-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash and support for 4K video recording.
The Samsungs and the Apples and the Googles were nowhere even half of what they are today, when Nokia was in its primes. They’ve grown with time. Having said that, Nokia’s legacy cannot be taken for granted. If and when the company brings out its phones (and tablets), there will be buyers, fans largely. But, it is important to understand a couple of things.
Also, its success will depend on how Nokia prices its phones in the future. If it does a BlackBerry, and launches a phone primarily on the privilege aspect, chances are that it may backfire.
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