Rumors by Luke Jones on Monday November 03, 2014.
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Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services business earlier in the year and now build the company's old Lumia smartphones. However, Redmond left plenty of Nokia behind and it seems the old Finnish giant is getting itself ready to re-enter the smartphone market. Although, how Nokia goes about this is quite complicated and will depend on the ins and outs of the deal with Microsoft.Firstly, it is unclear how long Microsoft hold the Nokia naming rights for, some reports suggest it is for 10 years, but others say it is actually as long as the no build agreement. Nokia is known to be restricted from making smartphones until 2016, but considering Microsoft has already said it does not want to use the Nokia branding, it seems reasonable to think the name will return to the company. If Microsoft does hold the license to use the Nokia name for 10 years, then Nokia (as in the actual company) can still build smartphones in 2016, but will have to skirt around some naming issues either by coming up with another name, or allowing other manufacturers to build their designs. According to Chinese tech sites Nokia has tasked the team who created the N9 to start planning a new smartphone. As I predicted in our Nokia in the future feature three weeks ago, the company is targeting a comeback on the Android platform and not on Microsoft's Windows Phone OS. There is no confirmation of this from the company itself, but it stands to reason that Nokia would want to get into the smartphone making game.