Another great news for Nokia fans, as the Finnish company has just confirmed that HMD Global, the owner of the Nokia phones brand, will be launching the first Android smartphones next year. HMD has also announced that it has completed the transaction between HMD, FIHMobile Limited (a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industries trading as Foxconn Technology Group) and Microsoft, so it can now begin operations as the new owner of the Nokia phones, under exclusive global brand license for the next 10 years.
Furthermore, Nokia has stated that HMD will continue to launch feature phones, alongside a new range of smartphones and tablets. All will be announced by HMD later on.
Under the agreement, Nokia confirmed that HMD would pay royalties for sales of every Nokia-branded mobile phone and tablet, covering both brand and intellectual property rights.
The official announcement mentions that while HMD Global owns the exclusive global brand license for Nokia phones, this doesn't cover Japan for some reason.
“The HMD Global team has the ambition, talent and resources to bring a new generation of Nokia branded phones to market, and we wish them every success. I'm sure our millions of Nokia fans will be excited to see their new products!” said Brad Rodrigues, interim president of Nokia Technologies.
HMD Global and Nokia have confirmed they will be present next year at Mobile World Congress trade fair, so we can safely assume that the companies will showcase some Android smartphones at the exhibition.
As mentioned earlier, we also expect HMD Global to announce at least one Android tablet and, why not, one or more Nokia-branded feature phones that will probably be launched in emerging markets.
Nokia's comeback in the smartphone business was foreseen many months ago, as the company's officials hinted to an official announcement that could go live by the end of the year. Now that the cat is out of the bag, we can start thinking at the surprises Nokia and HMD have in store for us.