While Microsoft recently dropped the Nokia name from its new Lumia devices, the Nokia name could return to the smartphone market.
Nokia, according to CEO Rajeev Suri, is looking at licensing the brand. This means that handsets bearing the Nokia name would be made by other companies. Suri said that the company isn’t looking for a direct return to handsets, but added that the brand itself “will return to the consumer world."
Suri added, “The Nokia brand is still extremely powerful and we see considerable interest in licensing. We will pursue it ... in a thoughtful and considered way.”
Nokia is also planning to focus on its three business units: Networks, Enterprise, and Technologies. While Suri said that the last few years have been a time of difficult change, the company is predicting growth for all three units in the coming years.
But, if you want to get your hands on a new Nokia handset, you’ll have to see what a third-party manufacturer can offer.