If I were to guess, they will jumpstart their entry back into the phone business by acquiring Jolla.
Why? Several reasons.
Nokia has very few employees left that have the expertise to build the OS and hardware; recall that 25,000 employess went to Microsoft from Nokia with the phone division.
Also recall that Jolla is mostly former Nokia employees. And for those asking for a Meego type OS, well, you would have the Sailfish OS, that although it isn't Meego, it's more Meego than Android or WP.
Also, Jolla headquarters is in Helsinki with an R&R facility also in Finland and another in Hong Kong. This is material because there would be very little additional costs associated with logistics and integration. The Hong Kong R&D facility would fit nicely into having manufacturing in China or Taiwan, if that's the direction Nokia wanted to go.
This would work nicely for Jolla's (former Nokia) employees because they could get those things they couldn't get when they were part of Nokia (and it will probably make most of the employees quite wealthy).
One final thought, if Nokia gets back into the phone business they won't sell the maps product. The maps product is very good and would be a good addition to the Sailfish OS.
darwinbrian, 21 Apr 2015You mean there are a bunch of tools who don't know that the people who made their last Nokia p... moreNokia talent left a loooong time before the Microsoft acquisition. What talent they had almost exclusively went to Jolla (although some employees went to Apple as well). The ones who stayed? Dead weight waiting for their pensions. What Microsoft got out of the deal were designs, supply chain access, patent access, and name recognition (which they subsequently ruined). Nokia in the mobile space will have to build this up again (or acquire Jolla who has a 3 year head-start).
Last i heard nokia has an agreement with Microsoft only till 2016 end
After that it'll be free from the shackles of Microsoft
Imagine then nokia hardware+cyanogenmod
I think it'll be a winner
Plus Nokia still has a huge fanbase who are still loyal to nokia, though it is out of the market, and waiting for it's comeback (i myself being one of those fans)
They might convince TCL to rebrand some low end Alcatel branded firefox and android smartphones into Nokia.
I really hope they use or develop a new OS something like MeeGO /Symbian since Android will not have a use for them since there almost 18000 phones around using the same OS over and over....they dont deserve be one more of the bunch
Anonymous, 21 Apr 2015Hopefully Nokia can join force with Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo or One+1 & de throne Samsung.. WoohooNokia phones will be made by the Chinese manufacturers regardless. It will no longer be the Made by Nokia like in the past. Who knows it may be a Xiaomi phone with Nokia branding over it?
They had their chance to jump on the Android bandwagon and soar on Google's wings early on but they instead chose to jump in bed with and sink in the Microsoft quicksand.Now they're inextricably stuck in a quagmire.
Come back Nokia and please make some beautiful designed devices like Nokia Lumia 925,1520,1020 again Please.
Sigh. They did good with the feature phones back then, but their recent smartphones. Meh at best.
Hopefully Nokia can join force with Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo or One+1 & de throne Samsung.. Woohoo
Oncom, 21 Apr 2015I don't agree with you. Nokia has 4 solid background that will support its comeback, that is N... moreYou mean there are a bunch of tools who don't know that the people who made their last Nokia phone now work at Microsoft, and that anything Nokia makes in the future will just be rebadged brand whoring? Yeah, take these tools money Nokia, they don't deserve it.
Be ware samsung.your father has coming next.so do anything in 2015.from 2016-.... NOKIA will be the king in smartphone world.
glad to see Nokia coming back, albeit only with design and licensing...
wish them great success ahead, I believe they can do so without the evil Elop and Microsoft
AnonD-351867, 21 Apr 2015Nokia, why returning to the struggle of selling mobile phones, take a look at Sony, HTC, black... moreI don't agree with you. Nokia has 4 solid background that will support its comeback, that is NOKIA, NOKIA, NOKIA and NOKIA.
1. Nokia has a solid branding.
2. Nokia has the financial backup ready to support.
3. Nokia has the technology.
4. Nokia fans are eagerly waiting for its comeback.
So why not give a try..? Better failed after trying then hiding in the closet. Schumacher failed, Rossi succeeded. Nokia is the Champion (Freddie Mercury)