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Nokia executive confirms possible return to consumer hardware business

updated 07:45 pm EDT, Tue August 5, 2014

Job postings for Nokia requests engineers, researchers for device development

Nokia may be re-entering the consumer device business, despite selling its Devices and Services arm to Microsoft. Senior Vice President of Strategy Sebastian Nyström revealed on Twitter that the company is looking again at producing hardware for consumers, confirming earlier job postings which hinted at Nokia creating new devices, though it is unclear exactly what these could be.

The confirmation by Nyström on Twitter, spotted by Nokia Power User, does mention that Nokia is "indeed hiring for new product businesses," with the tweet linking to a number of job listings on LinkedIn. Postings seek employees in Finland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with titles searched for including software developers, designers, researchers, and engineers. Standout listings include those in the fields of RF transceiver design, network engineering, "theoretical material research," nanomaterials, and "experimental device physics," though quite a few relate to digital photography.

While specific devices are not mentioned, Nokia does state it will be "focusing on physical and digital products and services for consumers directly or through other consumer companies." It has apparently "already identified a number of product opportunities" where it can "make a difference in the market."

Since the sale of effectively its entire consumer hardware business to Microsoft, the remaining sections of Nokia has kept itself busy with other projects. It announced it was planning to invest $100 million into companies working on car computing systems, while the Here Maps team acquired the AI-based travel app Desti. Nokia has even found time to release its own Android launcher, the Z Launcher, with an interface that claimed to learn when users wanted specific apps and contacts, and included a simplified search function involving writing letters on the phone display.

by MacNN Staff




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