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Nokia hardware including wrist-wearable to come only from HERE division in future.

morph_wrist_modeSecond tip from the same source who has tipped us about “Microsoft-Nokia deal closure announcement around MWC. Nokia may introduce a new ‘Brand’ post deal closure” reveals some details about future hardware from Nokia.

  • Nokia’s Advanced Technology division will become Nokia’s custom research and technology licensing arm and will act like a Qualcomm or like an Arm in future. We have similar views expressed by Nokia CTO in an interview to ZDNet earlier. What the tip claims is interesting though, as it claims there will be no hardware coming from Advanced Technology division in future.
  • The tip further mentions that there is indeed a smart wrist-wearable coming and it will come from HERE division. In fact all the future (customer) hardware from Nokia will fall under HERE division
  • This smart watch will focus on “Location, Location and location” and will come under the new brand which will be announced by Nokia post deal closure announcement.

We have an earlier tip claiming smart watch introduction in Q3 2014. And, since big part of a smart wearable use is related to or enabled by location services, so it is not surprising, if HERE becomes the primary hardware driver of Nokia in future.


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  • JLIT99

    It now makes sense why Peter Skillman is going to HERE as opposed to Advanced Technologies.

    Perhaps in future a HERE branded phone as well? I hope so

    • AE

      Good point, I was also curious why Skillman was transferred to HERE at a time but now it would make more sense.

    • The branding will never be HERE. All that it can be is a tagline – Powered by HERE.

      Wish the new brand is still Nokia + XYZ and not just something completely new as that will take a long time to gain recognition. Smartwatch must also be compatible with all platforms. Miss WP, but should work with Droids.

      • Kamal

        As far as the rumors and tips go, it will be linux + HTMl5 + cloud, which will power this platform and it will be compatible with all major OSes 🙂

        • JLIT99

          The acquisition of the handset division isn’t going to be as bad as most people thought, now it seems Nokia will indeed return to its open source roots.

          In the last few years under the black magic of Elop, they had been attempting to get all open source software outlawed by the European Commision for being “uncompetitive”. These days hopefully are over.

    • Kamal

      You got a valid point there. In an interview sometime back, Michael Halbherr had hinted about possible communication devices and future hardware from Nokia. and he is Nokia’s Executive VP of Location & Commerce.