Earlier last week Microsoft struck a deal and purchased Nokia’s Devices and Services division for $7.2 billion meaning that Nokia will no longer be creating Windows 8 powered Lumia smartphones, in fact Nokia won’t be creating anything but featurephones for the next 10 or so years according to the deal. To Nokia’s Former CEO Thomas Zilliacus that deal wasn’t too pleasing and took matters into his own hands.
For years there have been cries from people begging for Nokia to release one of their smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system, though you may think that it’s unlikely now Microsoft own Nokia’s Lumia and Asha brands, you’d be very wrong. Nokia’s former Asia-Pacific CEO Thomas Zilliacus has decided to found a brand new company called, wait for it, Newkia – yep, Newkia.
With Newkia, Zilliacus plans to create the Android powered Lumia device we’ve all been asking for. Of course the use of Nokia and Lumia can’t be used, but the idea is this: taking the style and power that every one loved about Nokia’s smartphones and adding in Android to create one fantastic device.
Luckily for us, those at Nokia who weren’t overly keen about the idea of becoming a Microsoft employee also jumped ship and joined Zilliacus on his mission so already Newkia has a fantastic team together.
“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,” Zilliacus said in an interview with ZDNet. “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.”
Personally I have steered clear of Nokia in recent times purely because of the Windows OS, I’m not a huge fan of their hate campaigns against Android and I personally think the OS’s Live Tiles look bland and ridiculously boring. The App ecosystem is non-existent and various developers have out rightly shared their lack of passion for developing for the Windows OS.
Whether Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division will help Windows OS become more popular is yet to be seen, but I think it’s highly doubtful.
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