Former Nokia employees form Newkia, commits to building Android devices

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If you’ve been holding out for a combination of Nokia hardware and Android software, your dream may (eventually) come true. Apparently, former Asia Pacific CEO of Nokia, Thomas Zilliacus, has started up another company with several other former Nokia employees and is calling the company Newkia. The important thing to remember about Newkia, though, is that they’re committing to building phones that run Android, not Microsoft software.

Zilliacus claims to have already tried to raise funding to buy out Nokia since before Microsoft stepped in and purchased the company, but couldn’t compete with MS’s offers. The silver lining there is that there are some investors who believe a combination of Nokia and Android has the potential to be successful, and so Zilliacus doesn’t think securing funding for the new company will be much of a hassle. If all goes according to plan, he wants to have the company totally operational by 2014, which potentially would allow “Newkia” to have a phone out for the holidays next year. Wishful thinking? Maybe.

Technically, since Microsoft only purchased the hardware division of Nokia while licensing (not purchasing) their patent portfolio, there’s still a chance for another company to use things like Nokia’s PureView technology in the camera of another smartphone. Whether or not Nokia would license out their top tech like that to a company that’s going to compete against Microsoft remains to be seen, but hey, anything’s possible.

What do you guys think? Would you buy an Android powered Nokia device, or are you happy with another OEM of choice? Personally, I don’t think a startup like Newkia would have the cash or power to compete in the Android ecosystem. We’ve already seen that marketing dollars take a company further than premium build quality or truly innovative features. Just ask any of the countless OEMs that are fighting for Samsung’s top spot in the market.

source: Channel News Asia

via: Android and Me


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • yeah

    “We’ve already seen that marketing dollars take a company further than premium build quality or truly innovative features.”

    Nokia and Microsoft poured huge amounts of cash on WP marketing and celebrity endorsements. Maybe not as much as Samsung, but still enough for us to see what was Nokia’s main problem: WP.
    Nokia is a well known company, the OS was it’s problem, not marketing.

  • sam5887

    btw, i have samsung galaxy s1 inter,s1 fascint,note1,tab1,
    but if nokia use android i think im gonna buy it instead of samsung galaxy device.
    and i think most of samsung android fans is came from nokia symbian along time ago.
    like me…

  • Adam

    I was going to comment on that same statement. So there’s an implication that because Samsung uses plastic their build quality is lower. Funny that that’s said when the so called ‘build quality’ of these other devices you speak (most likely HTC and Apple) don’t have expandable storage, that’s just the tip of the iceberg; how about the simple fact that not everyone wants a 1lb device? As for software all I’m going to say is Samsung holds market share for everything. I’m sure their marketing is what makes consumers buy their products, smh. You’re basically insulting consumers

    • Adam

      You’re saying that majority is dumb enough to only buy devices based off of Samsung’s marketing. Pretty presumptuous…

    • Neel Gupta

      Advertising only popularizes the brand. Construction quality (including construction materials) gives durability, and features (like expandable storage) gives usefulness.

      The iPhone has neither durability, nor usefulness. Still people buy their products just because of the “Apple” brand name.

  • Subliminal

    It would have to be extremely well and good specs. If it could take on HTC, I might be interested. No plastic crap for me thanks.

  • Shuu

    look so cheap =(
    Doesn’t look like a premium

    • APai

      dude. that’s a *ucking imaginary phone.

    • Tyler Durden

      I disagree. That thing looks awesome.

  • Alex

    The only reason I don’t have a nokia smart phone is because they aren’t running Android.

  • Tyler Durden

    That phone… looks tizzite. I would buy that thing in a second.

  • RealXPower

    i think newkia should go with this idea
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDAw7vW7H0c

  • Sir Alex

    I can smell a Kickstarter campaign.