For a long while now, the future prospects of Nokia has not so much been uncertain, it’s been existential.
Ever since the company lost its control over the mobile phone business to the likes of Apple and Samsung, its success in this market has dwindled.
So much so that it eventually sold its mobile/smartphone business to Microsoft, shifting its focus to other areas of its enterprise.
However, there has been a lot of talk behind the scenes about how that was ultimately a mistake and as of next year it would be taking back control over this.
Needless to say this got people very excited, as everyone assumed that it was a strong indicator that Nokia was planning on returning to making smartphones.
Well, after long last, that has been confirmed as fact, with its chief executive officer Rajeev Suri stating as much in an interview with the German publication Manager Magazin.
He said: "We will look for suitable partners. Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license."
This is big news and as we have previously noted, there is a lot of affection for Nokia from individuals who grew up with the brand and others who have heard so much about it.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of concept emerges out of this – will it, for example, be similar to popular devices like the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S6 or will it be more radical, like some its former designs were back in the day?
Only time will tell and given that it is only mid-2015, we have a long time frame ahead of us – early dates for release have been pitched for the end of 2016. However, it may just be worth the wait.