Nokia Clarifies Plans To Customize Windows Phone
In an interview with Phone Scoop, Nokia Executive and Board Member Niklas Savander confirmed that Nokia's new deal with Microsoft gives Nokia nearly unlimited freedom to customize Microsoft's Windows Phone smartphone software. He added, however, that the company plans to avoid making changes that would delay OS updates from Microsoft reaching Nokia customers. Therefore, according to Savander, Nokia customizations to Windows Phone will generally fall into two categories: 1. High-level customizations that are easy to bring to new OS versions from Microsoft. 2. Deep customizations that will be implemented in cooperation with Microsoft, folded into the OS, and made available to competing manufacturers.
Microsoft to Close Nokia Finnish Phone Production Site
Microsoft today confirmed it plans to fully close a facility in Salo, Finland, that was formerly used to create and produce mobile phones. Microsoft will leave the Nokia facilities in Espoo and Tampere open, but plans to cut about 2,300 jobs in Finland in total.
Nokia Pins Smartphone Comeback on HMD Global
Nokia today said it plans to return to the smartphone business during the first half of 2017 through its partnership with HMD Global. HMD Global recently completed a series of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited, and Microsoft that will allow it to make phones bearing the Nokia brand.
Microsoft Trots Out Nokia 222 Feature Phone
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 222, a bar-style feature phone that runs Nokia Series 30+ and includes only the most essential functions. The Nokia 222's core apps include MSN Weather, Bing Search, Opera Mini, as well as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter.
Nokia Reiterates Path to New Phones Is Complicated
Nokia has again affirmed its plans to bring Nokia-branded handsets back to the market eventually, but warned that things won't be as they were. Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft in 2014.