UPDATED – Nokia to make Android Phones in 2016!

Nokia has just published a statement on its official company website claiming that it has “no intention to manufacture or sell consumer handsets”. Furthermore, the company also deemed as false recent reports that quoted a Nokia executive as confirming the company’s ambitions to manufacture smartphones out of an R&D facility in China.

Earlier this week, a couple of reports suggested that Nokia is staging a comeback to the smartphone market. The initial report, published on Monday by ReCode, quoted sources familiar to Nokia’s plans according to which the company is planning a return to the smartphone market in 2016. A few days later, a Chinese newspaper quoted Mike Wang, the President of Nokia China, communicating an intention to to manufacture smartphones in the Chinese city of Sichuan.

Nokia’s recent statement doesn’t specifically make any mention to plans of designing smartphones in the near future. The statement only mentions that the company has no plans to sell or manufacture consumer handsets, and this specificity leaves room for interpretation. ReCode originally reported that Nokia will licence smartphone designs to third party manufacturers, which is exactly what the company did with the Nokia N1 tablet, a device designed by Nokia, but manufactured and commercialized by Foxconn.
Nokia is bound by its deal with Microsoft not to release any Nokia-branded smartphones until the third quarter of 2016. We’re keeping an eye on the situation and we’ll get back to you as soon as there’s more to report.

Recently we heard rumors about alleged Nokia plans for re-entering the phone market in 2016. We are happy to report those plans are indeed true and Nokia will be marking its return next year with an Android smartphone.

Nokia sold its device business to Microsoft a year ago and it signed a non-compete clause preventing the company from producing smartphones under the Nokia brand until December 31, 2015 and feature phones under the Nokia brand for a decade.

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Nokia used wisely these non-compete clauses and outed the powerful Nokia N1 tablet early this year. The N1 is designed by Nokia, including its Z Launcher for Android, but the rights for the branding, manufacturing, marketing and distributions were licensed to Foxconn.

The President of Nokia China confirmed Nokia is working on Android powered smartphones, which will be probably manufactured in factories in Sichuan, China (after further assessment) and will be launched in 2016. He also sheds some light on company’s future – the Nokia’s R&D center will permanently relocate to Sichuan, China.

Looking forward to Nokia’s next phone chapter? We certainly are.

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Nokia’s Android phone “Normandy” purportedly leaked sporting custom UI and dual-SIMs!

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We have already heard about Nokia’s rumored Normandy budget phone, but now, new details of the yet-to-be-announced first Nokia Android device has been revealed in new leak.Phone tipster, @evleaks after earlier claiming that reports suggesting that the Nokia Normandy will not see the light of day were incorrect, has now shared fresh leaked images of the device.

The leaked images purportedly reveal the alleged Nokia Normandy with a completely custom Android interface. The UI looks reminiscent of the software on Nokia’s budget Asha line-up, though it’s obviously Android underneath. Notably, an earlier report had suggested that Nokia, following the lead of Amazon, has been working on a fully-tailored or forked version of Android. Further, the report claimed that the alleged Nokia Normandy smartphone has been targeted at the low-cost segment as an Asha-equivalent smartphone, but with access to more traditional smartphone apps – a benefit that the report suggested had been missing in Nokia’s dated Series 40-based Asha phones.

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The leaked Normandy images also show dual-SIM support, lock screen notifications, an on-going call screen (that could be the dialer app, but looks very similar to popular messaging app Viber) and a log-in screen for Microsoft’s Skype.

The tweet by @evleaks reads, ” Android on Nokia ( -virtual buttons)” and includes the purported image of the device. The tweet hints that Nokia’s forked Android version might not feature any on-screen navigation keys.

It is yet-to-be-seen if Nokia can release its rumored Android phone ahead of the completion of the Microsoft deal. Especially considering that after signing the pact, Nokia can neither license the ‘Nokia’ brand for use in connection with mobile device sales nor use the brand on its own mobile devices for a specific period.

Prior to this, Nokia’s alleged Normandy was leaked in a render showing the device in various color variants.(Picture Above)

Nokia Lumia 1020 Used To Shoot Ellie Goulding’s New Music Video: How Long Will I Love You

When it comes to smartphone cameras, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is no slouch. In fact some consider it to have the best smartphone camera on the market at the moment, beating out the likes of Apple’s iPhone 5 which some consider to be one of the better cameras on the market. But how good are we talking about? Would you be able to tell if a video was shot entirely with the Nokia Lumia 1020?

Well we certainly couldn’t and if you have a few minutes to spare, you might want to check out the music video above which features Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You” song. The video seems to have a lot of Nokia devices making appearances, such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 925, but we guess the highlight here is that apparently the entire music video was shot with the Lumia 1020 and put together in Final Cut Pro.

While the video is for the upcoming Roger Michell short film, Tom & Issy, with 20p from each purchase of the song going to BBC’s Children in Need Charity, it sure does look like an extended advertisement for Nokia phones. Either way it is a pretty impressive video and if you’d like to see a Making Of video, check it out below. Who else would have figured that it was shot entirely with a Nokia Lumia 1020?