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Nokia won't return to mobile until end of 2016 at the earliest, says it's 'complicated'

By dkpope
Jul 15, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/07/2015-07-14-image-19.jpg" /></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t expect a new Nokia mobile phone any time soon. The company repeated itself on Monday, saying that if and when it returns to the mobile business, it won&rsquo;t actually be the one producing the devices. &quot;Will Nokia return to mobile devices?&quot; spokesman Robert Morlino said in a statement. &quot;The answer is: <a href="http://company.nokia.com/en/news/statements/other-statements">it&#39;s complicated</a>.&quot;</p> <p>Morlino continued, saying that Nokia&rsquo;s path back to mobile phones would be through a partner that takes responsibility for the manufacturing, sales, marketing and consumer support. Partnering with a company would allow Nokia to focus on the underlying design and technology of the devices, and outsource the rest.</p> <p>Given that Nokia&rsquo;s devices and services unit was <a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/53865-microsoft-buys-nokias-devices-and-services-unit-for-54-billion-euros.html">bought by Microsoft last year</a> (for a staggering 5.4 billion Euros), finding a partner makes sense. Why would Nokia want to rebuild what they just sold?</p> <p>Whatever path Nokia takes, nothing can happen immediately. They have an agreement with Microsoft that states the soonest Nokia could produce a new phone is the final quarter of 2016. Rumors about Nokia returning to the mobile game <a href="http://recode.net/2015/04/20/nokia-plots-2016-return-to-phone-market/">surfaced in April</a>, with Recode reporting that it would do so via the design route. A different report said Nokia would build Android-powered smartphones in Sichuan and relocate its global R&amp;D center there, but <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2483135,00.asp">Nokia denied</a> that.</p> <p>Nokia may not be in the mobile phone business, but they continue to work away on things such as mobile network infrastructure, location services, and technology development.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61358-nokia-wont-return-mobile-until-end-2016-earliest.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61358-nokia-wont-return-mobile-until-end-2016-earliest.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/61358-nokia-wont-return-mobile-until-end-2016-earliest.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
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