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Ex-Nokian starts ‘Newkia’. Looks to Acquire more Nokia Talent and create ‘Perfect’ Android Phones

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Okay its kinda off-topic than this Blog’s aim, but as Kamal said that this blog will go all things tech after Nokia is acquired, here’s me starting with it.

On the day MS – Nokia deal was announced, a new startup was born in Singapore. Titled ‘Newkia’, this new firm looks forward to producing Android running phones, but because the founder has always admired Nokia, he’s looking forward to acquire as much of Nokia talents, employees and know-how as much he can.

 The founder, Thomas Zilliacus spent over 15 years as a Nokia employee including seven where he was its Asia-Pacific CEO. He left in 1993 but spent another three years under Nokia’s payroll as a regional consultant. He left to become an entrepreneur and currently runs investment company Mobile FutureWorks, which advisors include former Nokia’s mobile phones CEO Jorma Nieminen and Ericsson’s former CEO Sven-Christer Nilsson.

He has already gathered a team of former Nokia employees and is hoping to acquire more with expertise across the entire value chain, from smartphone design to logistics to manufacturing.

While the company will be based out of Singapore, Newkia plans for its core research and development (R&D) team to be based out of Finland and may set up other R&D divisions in locations where there are strong know-how, such as Silicon Valley, he noted.

What more to say? Good luck to this new startup and probably Nokia Employees who don’t wanna join the Microsoft’s so called discriminatory work environment can just head over to Newkia and build the same awesome thoughts and devices as they built at Nokia.

And then finally hope for an Acquisition of Newkia by Nokia someday and everything coming back to normal. It won’t be hard to change the branding as its kinda pronounced similar 😛


Narender Singh
Student of Business, but tech still remains the topmost interest. Nokia fan for life and has been using Nokia phones since my first phone. Starting with a Nokia 1200, present is a Symbian and future will surely bring a Lumia :) Also played with droids, but still ♥ Nokia. Blog at and here at NPU. Write to him at Email: [email protected]