“Newkia” Plans on Rebirthing Nokia, With Android.

| September 5, 2013 | 93 Replies


This is rather funny, yet 100% factual!  Similar to the Meego story, where once dumped by Nokia, Jolla Mobile tried (and still is) to bring it back to life through their own hardware devices. Now Newkia has risen from Singapore, under the guidance of Thomas Zilliacus, who held the position of Nokia APAC CEO for several years (working for Nokia for a total of 15 years), alonsgide Jorma Nieminen, the Nokia Mobile Phones CEO, and Sven-Christer Nilsson, former CEO of Ericcson. They created Newkia the day the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia went public. It is said that they tried to buy-out Nokia a year ago but couldn’t raise the funds.

In response to the Microsoft acquisition, Zilliacus stated:

The deal reflects the complete failure of the Windows strategy Stephen Elop chose when he was appointed Nokia CEO some two years ago. Nokia, which only three years ago was the world’s runaway market leader in mobile phones, is today a small and insignificant brand.

In regards to his aims with Newkia he says:

We set up Newkia literally the day Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft. It was the day Nokia died in Finland, and the new Nokia was born in Newkia. I know Nokia employees who are keen to develop for Android and maybe would like to join us. I strongly believe Nokia still has the best know-how in terms of mobile phones and we want to get the best people to join us. What Newkia wants to do is to use Nokia know-how, technology, and design to build the world’s best smartphones, but running on Android

Their plans are to launch the first device within a year, provided enough funding is available. Apparently the success of Xiaomi (overthrowing Apple in China) has given these ex-Nokians some confidence that they can succeed. Newkia is looking to attract former Nokia staff and use their know-how to create Android powered devices with the craftsmanship that Nokia is renowned for.

So what do you guys think? Do you believe Newkia has a future?  And would you support it? Should they band together with Jolla?

Source: CNet via UnleashThePhones



Category: Android, Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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