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Android 7.1.1 starts rolling out to the Nokia 6

The most nostalgic new entrant into the Android space has updated its ostensible flagship device—the Nokia 6 is starting to see a rollout for 7.1.1. The device launched with 7.0 in most markets, so it's nice to see it updated so quickly as other devices continue to chug along on older versions.

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Nokia is planning a global release for its new devices, including the USA

 

A decade ago, I started my "blogging" career as a Nokia and Symbian enthusiast. For the better part of 5 years, most of my online life and work revolved around the brand, its new phones, announcements, events, apps, games, themes, and more. It's both ironic and nostalgic to say, but Nokia is part of the reason I'm here on Android Police now. So you can imagine I have a lot of love and unconscious attachment for the brand. I have kept an eye on its recent resurrection at MWC with the Nokia 3, 5, 6, and revamped 3310, and this news today makes me even more excited about it.

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The Nokia 6 passes JerryRigEverything's durability tests with mostly flying colors

The Nokia 6 is not really a new phone, but its international availability is fairly recent. To celebrate, JerryRigEverything puts the phone to his durability tests to see if it lives up to its namesake's reputation for resilience to a nuclear apocalypse. Hint: It does.

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Weekend poll: What phone do you think stole the show at MWC 2017?

MWC 2017 is over, and now we all know what was unveiled. Sony, Motorola, LG, Nokia, BlackBerry Huawei, and others all unveiled new smartphones ranging from the most basic to flagship-level, and this weekend's poll will have you pick among some of the most prominent contenders for a winner.

To give you a brief rundown, the highlights were: the LG G6, Sony's Xperia XZ Premium, BlackBerry's KeyONE, Huawei's P10, Nokia's various Android phones (and the 3310), and Moto's G5 and G5 Plus.

Between them, who do you think came away with the lion's share of the glory?

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Nokia's comeback explained: Why the historic phone company is suddenly making Android phones

After the iPhone and Android devices entered the smartphone scene, they changed the entire industry. The formerly-dominant companies in this space - RIM, Nokia, and Palm to name a few - couldn't catch up fast enough. Nokia, which was the giant to beat at the time, quickly found itself bleeding and struggling to maintain its once dominant market share before Microsoft bought its mobile devices division.

So why are we now seeing Nokia-branded phones in 2017, years after Nokia seemingly left the competitive smartphone marketplace? The answer lies in a somewhat-complicated history of poor choices, acquisitions, and licensing deals.

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Nokia takes the wraps off of the Nokia 5, 3, and 3310, also announces global availability of the Nokia 6 and more

I have fond memories of Nokia, like many others, so I was excited to watch the Finnish firm's announcements today at MWC. The presentation started with more talk on the OZO 360° virtual reality camera, which was used to livestream everything to YouTube 360. Also of note was that Nokia is finalizing its purchase of Withings, the French connected devices company. Most importantly, however, were the phone announcements.

The Nokia 6, formerly exclusive to China, is going global.  We also saw the new Nokia 5, 3, and the relaunched, redesigned version of the fan favorite 3310.

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New Nokia devices may launch at MWC, including a homage to the Nokia 3310

Nokia, much like BlackBerry, no longer manufactures its own devices. After selling its entire mobile division to Microsoft in 2014, it partnered with Foxconn to manufacture the Nokia N1 tablet, but that seemed to be a one-time deal. Now HMD Global, the Finnish manufacturer with the exclusive right to use the Nokia brand for phones, might be launching new Nokia devices at Mobile World Congress.

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[Update: It's official] Promotional video for new Nokia Android phone leaked, possibly the Nokia D1/Nokia 6

The once-great phone giant Nokia sold its smartphone business to Microsoft back in 2013, and later began licensing the Nokia name to various Chinese companies. Nokia previously announced its return to smartphones last month, and now a promotional video for one of the company's upcoming Android-powered phones has leaked.

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Nokia announces a return to the smartphone market for 2017, will be powered by Android

Nokia has been through the wash a bit recently, with Microsoft buying its phone business and Chinese companies using the Nokia name to sell devices by. The Finnish company announced a return to the tablet market in May, and now it is announcing it will return to smartphones in 2017, along with manufacturing partner HMD Global.

A new section devoted to phones has appeared on Nokia's website - you'll see that the website is operated by 'HMD Global Oy,' which is now the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand. HMD Global is also Finnish, so the company remains in Finland, although it's not clear if the devices themselves will be manufactured in Finland.

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Nokia-Branded Phones And Tablets Returning To The Market, Will Run Android

Nokia is a name that will never die in the mobile industry. After being acquired by Microsoft last year, the Nokia brand has been knocking about in Redmond, with the feature phone business being put into 'maintenance mode,' the Lumia name being converted to Microsoft Lumia, and the Nokia N1 tablet being produced under license. Now, the entire brand has been sold off to HMD global Oy, a new company formed specifically to buy the naming rights, until 2024.

According to the press release, "HMD has been founded to provide a focused, independent home for a full range of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets." Note that this does not mean Nokia, as in the company based in Helsinki, Finland, is coming back and producing phones again, although HMD is headquartered in Helsinki.

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