April 26, 2015
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive.
Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.
It’s worth noting that this is simply a reiteration of a statement the company previously gave on the matter, and it doesn’t necessarily prove that the company won’t be reentering the smartphone market at some time in the coming years. The company’s “official” plans could change at any moment, and it’s no surprise that the company would defend its official stance on the matter.
Microsoft has the rights to use the Nokia brand until 2016, and that’s precisely the timeframe that reports suggest that a Nokia smartphone will reappear. Considering the company has released the N1 running Android, it’s definitely possible that a future smartphone, should it exist, could run Google’s mobile OS as well.