A report last week stated that Nokia was planning to return to the smartphone game when its non-compete agreement with Microsoft ended on December 31st, 2015. But a statement released today by Nokia flat-out denies the report, describing it as false and inaccurate.
The statement is blunt, and to the point:
Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive.
Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.
Re/code’s article that started the rumours speculated that Nokia’s plan for the future revolved around designing exciting devices, then licensing the designs — and Nokia’s famous name — to a Chinese manufacturing outfit. Nokia’s statement pours cold water over that idea — but, that one word “currently” does open the door just a fraction. A Nokia revival is looking pretty damn unlikely (though not impossible) at this point.
Of course, this isn’t the end of the road for the Swedish firm. Nokia is still working on projects not directly related to smartphones, like the HERE mapping, network infrastructure hardware, and even virtual reality. Snake in stereoscopic 3D? Yes please. [Nokia]