Sunday, 8 September 2013

Former Nokia CEO launches Newkia; to make Android phones

Ever thought how a Nokia-branded Android phone would be? Nokia fans who wanted the company to embrace Android would find this piece of news interesting. The Finnish company’s former Asia-Pacific CEO Thomas Zilliacus has founded a company called Newkia, and hopes to built Android phones that Nokia wouldn’t. Yes, that's what they plan to call the company.

Zilliacus plans to hire ex-Nokia employees, who wanted to build Android-run Nokia phones. In fact, he was a Nokia employee for over 15 years. Reportedly, he also wanted to buy Nokia's phone business a year ago, with the hope to start crafting Android phones. While that didn’t happen and now Microsoft has bought Nokia’s device and services unit, so forming Newkia seemed like the next best option to him.

Reportedly, Newkia is a Singapore-based company with a few ex-Nokia staff already on its payroll. But Zilliacus plans to maintain the R&D team located in Finland. Now, you can expect the first Newkia phone within a year and the company is targeting the Asian market. However, this doesn’t mean it has completely ruled out the possibility of introducing its phones in the US. However, lets see if the company can bring back the Nokia experience with a touch of Android.

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