Singapore-based Newkia wants to bring Nokia back

On the day Microsoft acquired Nokia’s device business, Thomas Zilliacus, who worked for 15 years at Nokia, and for seven years as the Asia-Pacific CEO of the company, founded a new company called Newkia, CNET Asia reported.


That might be good news for those Nokia-fans who want to know what a future Nokia smartphone could look like. According to ZDNet Zilliacus’ vision is to make a Nokia-like Android phone, and already one year ago he tried to buy out Nokia with his company Mobile FutureWorks without luck because he could not raise enough funds, he revealed. His plan is now to hire Nokia employees who have expressed interest in developing for Android. He already has some ex-staff on board, and wants to hire more.

“What Newkia wants to do is to use Nokia know-how, technology, and design to build the world’s best smartphones, but running on Android,” he said to ZDNet.

In the interview, he noted how Nokia missed opportunities because it was arrogant, due to its dominant position in the market at that time. He gave as an example a Nokia prototype that looked like the iPhone, developed four years before the first Apple iPhone. This product was never launched because the company thought the market would not be interested.