Finnish company Nokia used to be a household name in the mobile phone business. That fact has changed over the past few years as Microsoft announced that it was to acquire this arm of the company back in 2013, taking over the Lumia, X and Asha brands. Nokia itself still very much exists, however, and is reportedly planning a return to the mobile phone market next year, along with taking its first steps into the world of virtual reality (VR) technology.
That is according to Re/code, which cites two sources that have been briefed on Nokia’s plans. The site reports that Nokia Technologies, one of the three arms of the company that remained following Microsoft’s buyout, is spearheading the move. Specific details about the company’s work in VR were not revealed. It could of course be that Nokia is planning a smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) similar to what can be seen with Samsung’s Gear VR, LG’s HMD for its G3 handset and other such companies, though this isn’t confirmed.
If true then don’t expect to hear more on the VR project until next year. Richard Kerris, a former Nokia executive, teased to Re/code that the company has ‘a lot of great stuff in development,’ though didn’t reveal any specific products. “It gave me complete confidence that Nokia is a company that is not going away,” Kerris said.
It certainly sounds as if Nokia is planning to make some big moves, then, but could it really be looking at VR? VRFocus will continue to follow the company, reporting back with the latest updates on it.