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Sep
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To all the people who wished, begged, or pleaded for Nokia to make Android phones, listen up, because it looks like your dreams may actually come true. On the day that Microsoft bought out Nokia's phone business, the Finnish company's former Asia-Pacific CEO Thomas Zilliacus founded Newkia in hopes of producing the Android phones that Nokia wouldn't commit to, and he plans to hire Nokia employees who were interested in developing for Android.

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Thomas Zilliacus

Zilliacus wanted to buy Nokia's phone business a year ago in hopes of steering the company towards Android, but he wasn't able to raise enough money to do so. Forming Newkia, apparently, was his next best option. The Singapore-based company already has a few ex-Nokia staff on its payroll, and Zilliacus plans to keep the R&D team still located in Finland.

Newkia hopes to launch its first phone within a year. The company plans to target an Asian market, but it hasn't ruled out the possibility of releasing a handset in the US. It remains to be seen if the company can come up with a device that can match the quality of the Nokia Lumia 1020, but one can surely hope.

Via: CNET

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  • Thomas’

    "Newkia Loomia". Makes sense.

    • Diego!

      Jajajaa Newkia cASHa 😝

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Mmmm Lumpia. Now I'm hungry.

    • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

      you mean "Newkie Loonia"...and they can have the Looney Tunes promote it =D

      ...seriously though, glad to see someone is willing to do something useful with the tallents that Nokia had in it's teams

  • BigMixxx

    Oh man
    ...wow...

    This would smack Microsoft dead in the mouth if it's true. I'm gonna keep an eye on it.

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

      Sarcasm right?

      • QwietStorm

        Why?

        • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

          Because it's obvious... Microsoft is massive, a little Asian startup can't "smack it dead".

          Listen, I'm not a fanboy, just being realistic.

          There are already several Android manufacturers, did any of them smacked MS dead?

          It's impossible to kill MS, they have Office, enterprise, the PC market, videogame, online services, etc. Now someone says a Chinese Nokia rip-off with Android will kill it? Just to start they'd be paying Microsoft for making Android devices because of the patent agreement.

          • QwietStorm

            I didn't see him say smack it dead or kill it. I thought it was obvious what he meant, in context.

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

            "This would smack Microsoft dead"

            In reality it wouldn't even tickle in WP market.

          • QwietStorm

            "Dead in the mouth," like straight in the mouth.

          • Joshua

            The expression doesn't stop at "dead," it's at "mouth." Replace it with "This would hit Microsoft square in the mouth" and you'll see what the sentence is trying to say.

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

            Oh I see... Still this startup won't do a tickle in MS. I still hope it was sarcasm.

          • nk

            every comapany today you see was a startup at some point of time. even apple.. look where it is today..we shudnt brush this guy aside.. lets see what he has to show...good idea by the Ex-CEO though..wish.. Nokia would have done the same..

          • Marof Osman

            Yes no company ever going to smack ms. But windows 8 Phone Is already dead

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

            Now getting more market share everyday means it's "dead"? Get a clue.

  • RT

    Call the new company Aikon. Sounds Asian. And send me a free phone as thanks.

    • Ivan Myring

      That is clever.

    • Mike Reid

      They already decided on a silly name and don't need anymore.

      (Worked for Nokia when they had an R&D office in town here, 15 years ago. Treated me well, but wasted a lot of silly money.)

    • Joshua

      I wouldn't be opposed to purchasing an Aikon phone. It leaves the mouth with a feeling of power that I simply don't feel when saying Nokia.

    • Leonardo Baez

      newkia sound prety asian to me....

    • Cherokee4Life

      and then watch Akon sue the company..

    • OMGgary

      Call the company WATKWSN (We Are The Knights Who Say Ni).
      Sounds [insert regional demographic other than your own here] and Monty Python would never sue anybody!

  • raindog469

    And the trademark lawsuits from both Nokia and, well, Kia, in 3.... 2....

    • dvorak

      Zilliacus makes a good move, but naming is too similar, it's risky.
      better use another name for company, like NX, N10, or N-something

      • Leonardo Baez

        Ndroid devices

  • Ark

    If I can get a lumia form factor Android phone, it could be called "LiquidShits" for all I care

    • xsirxx

      or called the MI3...

  • Dheeraj

    First KitKat, and now THIS? This week is seemingly full of parodies.

    • Francois Roy

      Dont forget the Xbox One!.. You know.. the third one.

      ..Nor the HTC One..; the one that came after the One X..

      It all makes Sense.

      • Samuel Horne

        Genuinely lol'd.

      • OMGgary

        Probably get burned as a heretic for posting this, but had to do it.

        • Elliot Kotis

          5 little ducks
          TBC Little ducks*

  • Gabriel Fernandez

    Lol i'm sorry but the name just makes the whole thing a joke.

  • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

    I'd buy a Newkia Loomia 9001 with Android KitKat on it tomorrow.

  • Ricardo Kummel

    Just an idea to Thomas Zilliacus, just buy HTC! Easier than creating a new company to fight..

  • Willie D

    Since Microsoft owns the handset division of Nokia, any other company producing handsets under a similar name are subject to copyright and trademark disputes which Microsoft AND Nokia both own. Newkia, even if Chinese will be in the ground by next year.

  • Danny Davis

    I said this previously that this is as dumb as Kazaam. Bunch of bitter ex execs wanting to still live the dream of Nokia. Nokia was having problems long before MS bought it. Where was his passion before hand when Symbian was dying. People never want to take ownership for the mistake they made to help contribute to the fall of a company and wants to point the finger becaue someone else stepped in. This guy has been gone well over a decade from Nokia and now you're bitter about MS buying something you "couldn't raise enough" for? Joke. The whole board of "Newkia" consist of Execs that did not help their own ex employers be successful. What made Nokia so great was their hardware and patents. What makes anyone think that Newkia will have the same quality boggles me. That's like saying Kazaam will be awesome because some ex HTC employees will run it.

  • samizad

    Stephen Elop points to Samsung's dominance in the Android ecosystem and says he did the right thing to stick with WP. What he conveniently forgets to consider is that it would have been Nokia dominating the Android ecosystem, had they jumped in back in 2011.

    • Danny Davis

      That's one person opinion though. I do think that Nokia woud had been one of the Top 3 Tier Mfr for Android, but look at what happened to HTC and LG moving up. I would have never thought that Samsung and / or LG would be Top Tier competitors for Android. The fact that Nokia stood by so long with Symbian and Meego and didn't gear up full speed when iPhone release was their greatest mistake. Plus Elop never had any intentions to run Android on any Nokia products. Come from VP at MS, I saw this coming when he took over. My hopes for an Android Nokia died that day.

      • Jadephyre

        HTC rested on their laurels of the first Nexus and the first Desire too long.
        Only producing iterations of phones will also bite Samsung & LG in the ass at some point.

    • Jose Torres

      I'm pretty sure he said this only as an excuse to go forward with WP while pocketing the big bux he got from Micorsoft.

  • BrazenRain

    So he intends to copy Nokia and fill it with Android. That's how Sony went downhill to being just an alternative Samsung.

  • thewriteguy

    One thing I've always wondered about: Can Android be ported to a Lumia phone? I'm surprised we haven't read of anyone in the phone hacking community trying to do this.

    • Danny Davis

      No. AFAIK, the N9 was the only phone capable or running Android. Lumia phones are locked down pretty tight.

      • thewriteguy

        Oh yeah, I assumed the Lumia's are locked down. But what I've wondered is why it appears no hacker has tried to crack them/root them, so that, for example, CyangenMod might be ported to it. Are most people in the phone hacking/mod scene simply not interested in the Lumias? Or is it a technical matter, like, even if a Lumia could be rooted, these phones have been purposely designed to have proprietary hardware drivers that are incompatible with Android?

        • Danny Davis

          Its the security encryption placed on WP phones. There's a good thread on xda that explains it. Google 920 hack android. It explains it.

        • Jadephyre

          One word "TPM 2.0".
          It doesn't allow unsigned code. Ever.

      • tom

        Nokia n900 could run android, best phone ever

    • cy_n_ic

      I dont see why not. The htc hd2 was windows and it could be hacked to dual boot android. Their just needs to be an interest. Back then people wanted that premium phone with android. Now days you just buy a premiun android phone

  • invinciblegod

    I for one can't wait for them to port their Harmattan UX to android. It will be Newkia's exclusive skin!

  • atlouiedog

    I'm more interests in the phones coming from that Italian startup, Gnocchia.

  • Jose Torres

    I smell a lawsuit...or two...or three...

  • John Smith

    The domain that you requested, nukeia.com, is still available!

    LOL!

  • KenanSadhu

    But the patents..

  • AAA

    If...if they really DO make a Nokia-quality phone for Android, I will buy it without a doubt.

  • Blue Gum

    Newkia = New Kia.
    Should have went with Knockia or Aikon.

  • iamnotfan

    How abt YESKIA.

  • をドγƒͺをンタン郭華

    Microsoft and Nokia is so going to NukeYa

  • skaterjosh98

    a stupid take on a known name, what could possibly go wrong.

  • Ben

    better name pls?

  • Balvinder Makkar

    newkia is a good name i guess
    new is english word and kia is hindi word means "to do".
    basically the name is quite good

  • yash khatri

    Nokla would be better with lumla or androla. what say

  • Javier Maria Casares

    I would like to ask then what about patents?
    They will be another phone factory. They won't last unless they bring something really innovative.

  • Nabil Shaikh

    this just sounds like a bad April fools joke...

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    newkia new version

  • Arnav Batra

    Nokia has been bad experience with Android... may be newkia will sort out the problem and offer some power packed android. http://weappsforpc.com/download-temple-run-2-for-pc-windows/