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Nokia Technologies will hold a mysterious press event on July 28

Nokia Technologies has something they want to talk about on July 28, and they want to tell members of the media about it. The company has sent out invites for select outlets to attend a "VIP event" in Los Angeles on that date.

Nokia event teaser

As you can see in the teaser invite posted on PhoneArena, it uses an odd close up image of ... something, with the words "Nowhere", and then a second message. "Now here" below it. So what does this mean? Some are speculating that Nokia could announce a buyer for its HERE Maps subsidiary, which has been rumored to be for sale for a while.

Another possibility is that Nokia could reveal a new version of its Android-based tablet, which was first introduced in November. Of course, some are already claiming that Nokia is about to announce their official return to the smartphone business, but since their contract with Microsoft keeps them from actually doing that until the fourth quarter of 2016, that seems unlikely.

Source: PhoneArena

174 Comments
  • Let's hope a Windows 10 tablet
  • I'll get it then! Nothing better than the Nokia brand!
  • It's just some Chinese crap with Nokia label slapped on it. The real talent is at Microsoft now for devices. Well, except for the fired ones. They might have gone back to Nokia but I seriously doubt it.
  • Intrepid00 like the iphone ??
  • @brorim.
    Oooh Intrepid00, must be feeling rather tepid now :P.
  • Your argument is invalid as Microsoft has also decided to appoint Foxconn for manufacturing Lumias. So please stop bragging....
  • And please do your homework cause Foxconn would manufacture Lumias for India ONLY.
  • And so ??? Is India not a market ??? Or the devices made for India alone cannot be considered ??? Please stop being a fanboy.
  • Anyone who spends any time in this Community knows India is not a market, it is the ONLY market. Or so half the posters here would like you to believe.
  • True..... :)
  • No..  Microsoft : - desing the phones - sells the phones - suports the phones Foxcoon only manufactures them   The Nokia N1 is - designed, - manufactured, - sold - and gets is support from Foxconn
  • Wrong. The N1 is designed by Nokia and the software support is also done by Nokia. Manufacture, distribution, sales and hardware support are by Foxconn (or local companies hired to act on their behalf).   Also, Microsoft doesn't actually support the phones either. They have companies that they (or their manufacturers) hire to do it for them.
  • It's designed by Nokia.
  • And working where exactly at nokia? Nokia isn't in that business any more.
  • Lol, Nokia kept the R&D. The N1 is just like the iPhone, except Nokia also leaves marketing and selling to the manufacturer.
  • Well i hope you got the 2520 as well
  • Nokia only resells its brand to some Chinese oem, they are a bunch of fellows now, no more productions
  • True that nothing's better than Nokia
  • That would be cool. Especially since it's a day before the official release of Windows 10.
  • N1 with SD Card slot and Windows 10....?
  • Maybe a Nokia W1 running Windows 10 ??? :D
  • I think Nokia will never go back to Windows after all that failures
  • If it's not a Windows 10 device they will be forgotten by the 29th
  • Well that's also true..
  • Seems like related to HERE to me. That image looks like a camera, especially the kind used by cars to map streets
  • Why would Nokia Technologies division announce that? Their HERE divison could do that. Unlikely that this is about the sale.
  • Fair point, but if its some e.g. camera or accessory tech leveraging the HERE platform, Technologies could announce it? [And yes, obviously won't be about the sale.]
  • Well the Image has 2 lenses in frame so i imagine it might have something to do with 3d? VR version of street view for Here? VR camera? I doubt its a consumer product, there are no stand alone products for Here and certanly none with a camera. Could be a Nav and dash cam, or just a dash cam. Looking at the photo again, its outside, you can see trees in the top right, could be an autonomus car considering they are doing it in LA and not anywhere else really... Also Here announces all its software updates and changes and Nokia have handled Larger updates like partnerships with OEMs and hardware changes in how they map the world and so on. Its like when there is a big announcement for X Box, Microsoft do it rather than the X Box division...
  • See my comments below. I am now almost willing to bet a pair of dirty socks that it is related to Meizu and some camera tech lisencing with them.
  • If anything im surprised they haven't spun off here & brought back the navteq branding(as most car manufacturers still list it as navteq)
  • They are looking to sell here. I wasnt aware it was navteq origially - you learn something new every day
  • Nokia bought NAVTEQ in 2008. NAVTEQ was 'Navigation Technologies'  before a name change. NAVTEQ et al, has been around in some form since 1986  
  • Yeah, that's what my reaction was when I first saw the image-cameras. And my mind immediately went back to the time Nokia bought Pelican Imaging. http://www.windowscentral.com/nokia-invest-pelican-imaging-tech-fly-eye-cameras-lumia Might be something related to this.
  • I'm with you on this. Probably something to do with pelican imaging but did they actually buy it?
  • Seems to me all those Nokia employees fired by Microsoft have gone back to Nokia to form an attack plan.
  • Hmm..i think its Here Maps related. Those teaser words both have the word *Here* in them.
  • Indeed.
  • Yeah.. Same what i think. Its about HERE... But maybe A HERE tablet. Lol.
  • Nokia is dead to me when they announced Nokia X
  • Cant wait
  • Did I miss something? What does Nokia have to do with Windows anything anymore?
  • Still Nokia holds the proud of all good things about Windows phone
  • My windows phone says NOKIA on it...
  • An hypothetical sale of the HERE division would NOT be announced by Nokia Technologies. That would be like the Windows division announcing the sale of the Xbox division.   This event will be about Nokia Technologies. And Nokia Technologies has specific goals and functions. Amongst them, future Nokia products which will go beyond just phones. Like imaging tech. After all, it's worth remembering that Nokia kept ALL their imaging patents. Including the ones Microsoft licenses to use on WP under the "PureView" brand.
  • Never heard that... Nokia kept the imaging patents??? Or I missed that. But if its true then its too good for Nokia. Now expecting massive Windows related news from Nokia
  • Yes, they kept all their patents. Microsoft just got some design "patents" (more copyrights than patents). Nokia kept all the rest. However, I wouldn't be expecting massive Windows related news coming from Nokia if I were you ;)
  • Wrong Microsoft got all those patents and that's why they also sued Samsung cause they didn't want to pay.
  • What the hell are you smoking? 'cause you should definitely stop. 
  • Do a bit more of reading on this mate...the patents were licensed to Microsoft...none were bought...the licensing itself cost around 2 billion for them...If they were bought, am almost sure MS would have been looking at a cost of above 10 billion for the patents alone...
  • The patents that Microsoft sued Samsung over have nothing to do with the Nokia patents. You really don't understand whats going on here...at all.
  • Cant think of one reason why Nokia would have anything whatsoever to do with Microsoft, who is still decimating the company with layoff of local people.
  • Do you mean the people Nokia was probably going to have to lay off anyways before passing the job off to Microsoft? Nokia didn't sell so much of itself to MS because they were doing well.
  • Once you go PureView, you never go back.
  • That's what she said.
  • Lots going on the end of this month. Very interesting.
  • They're buying back from Microsoft?
  • That would be funny. Sold for what, 7 or 8B USD? Then buy back for current valuation.
  • Nokia also choose the day before JUDGEMENT DAY... LOL !
  • Looks like dual camera's ...
  • I was thinking the same thing. Some sort of stereoscopic camera.
  • The date has obviously been set to piss of Microsoft.
    New Nokia Smartphones (Android) and Tablets, including proper 40mp purview camera phones.
    Great that they are back in business, after Microsoft tried to screw them over. Who is having the last laugh now.
  • LOL, Nokia had already screwed themselves over long before Microsoft showed up. Best not get your hopes up that Android will fix their problems. Also, these are corporations, not people. Nokia attempting to "piss off" Microsoft is like expecting an ant to annoy a whale.
  • Let's face it, if they had put Android from the beginning, they would still be the world's number 1 phone maker.
  • Read the article then reply
  • Whomever Juha Alakarhu is working for, they will have the ultimate camera phone.
  • The technologies Juha uses belong to Nokia. If Nokia terminates Microsoft's license, he would have to start from scratch. Also, Juha is part of a team. He's just the face you know from that team.
  • He puts together a great team.
  • He didn't put it together...lol
  • Well unless his moved back to Nokia, he was one of the few that would have been high priority in terms of staff retention. On the flip side the other creative genius also behind OIS went to Apple..... It wasn't all Juha.
  • Uh, right. They are having an event in two weeks to announce a phone they're not allowed to sell before the end of next year. I kind of doubt would make sense. In the past people complained when there was a month or two between a product announcement and availability. Imagine the reaction if the gap is 15 months.
  • Hoping they'd announce a tablet with both Android and Windows options...or possibly even dual boot. Oh, and I hope it makes it to Canada.
  • I'd be happy just getting N1 in Europe.
  • I dont want any phones nor tablets from Nokia so I'm not interested in Nokia hardware at all. I want my phones and tablets made by Microsoft only.
  • Other places are saying the non-compete clause I only until Q4 2015, but Windows Central have stated Q4 2016 a few times recently....which one is correct?
  • The deal states 31st December 2015. However, recently Nokia mentioned Q4 2016 for a return to smartphones. Which may indicate that the non-compete clause was extended (likely because the deal took longer than expected to be completed).
  • If you read the statment the statement that Nokia issued about its smartphone return it contains some interesting three dots: "at least for phones...". PS: Phablets are no phones ;-)
  • Yeah but even Microsoft wasn't THAT stupid when they signed the deal lol They didn't put in "phones". The clause refers to "mobile devices". Which is why the N1 doesn't bring SIM card capabilities.   From the deal "Nokia would be restricted from licensing the Nokia brand for use in connection with mobile device sales for 30 months and from using the Nokia brand on Nokia’s own mobile devices until December 31, 2015."   A phablet is a mobile device ;)
  • I believe the precise situation is that Nokia would be allowed to manafacture and sell its own smartphone products from 1  Jan 2016. However, since it has no manufacturing capacity, this is moot. For licensing its brand to others there is a separate period of 30 months from the signing of the MS/Nokia acquisition deal. So that would take us to the Q4 2016. I was told this by a Finnish trader and I have no reason to doubt it, as I do know he knows the details of the deal quite well.
  • Interesting, but knowing Nokia's past record of hyping nothing, AND the fact that it seems to be a very small scale event, would not get too exited. Having said that, kinda intriguing that the picture appears to have at least one, if not two camera modules in it. Some kind of a HERE accessory for self driving cars? Or a lame GoPro competitor? :P Would seem very unlikely as a venue and picture for announcing HERE buyer.
  • July 28th, 1 day before Microsoft's big day!
  • Who is Nokia?
  • A shell of a formerly cool company that knew how to make awesome devices. Now? Pretty much just a brand name.
  • Sure, brutha.
  • The image looks like a camera lens to me
  • Nokia is always a burden to Microsoft.Introduced Symbian mobiles to compete with Microsoft mobile os. Then failed due to poor hardware partnerships and finally fell in Microsoft's feet.
  • Buhahahaha. BUHAHAHAHAHA
  • Heh heh you are a moron :D
  • These type of fan boys are pathetic..They go on blabbering anything without any knowledge...
  • Agreed.
  • Yup.
  • I wish them the best but if it's not Windows-related, I don't really care what they do from here on out.
  • Digital "street view" those Here cars have been busy making a 3D map of the world.
  • I'm sure MS would let them off the hook if they agreed to make a Windows phone. Timing seems odd, a day before W10 release. If its not MS news than maybe a FU to MS. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Any specific reason for choosing '28'? Just before the day of windows 10 launching!!! Looks surprising for me.
  • Yeah, very strange timing. Are they looking to spoil the Windows 10 party?
  • I was under the impression the German car consortium had pitched the best tender for here - and it's a done deal... This is the presser..?
  • 1 - No deal for HERE was yet closed. Nokia is still evaluating. The German consortium is the best positioned one though (thank God). 2 - Nokia Technologies would not make any announcements in regards to another Nokia division.
  • Good point... I'm going to go with the tablet running ios as suggested below then lol
  • Am worried that the sale of the HERE division to a car consortium would change their maps business in a way that they wouldn't serve smartphones needs anymore....
    Plus, its Nokia...their 360 blog is a unique way of showcasing their progress and achievements and its only cause of Nokia's influence that even simple ideas like a technology blog work so well.
  • Well, given the companies in the consortium, I honestly am hoping that, if they sell HERE, it's to them. Apart from all the other innovation it would allow them (self-driving cars etc), car companies are obviously interested in keeping the HERE apps alive. After all, it would allow them to lure in customers for their cars. By having a mobile presence already in place, they can present the navigation systems of their cars as something that can be controlled and managed through the smartphone people have. The blog...well, THERE I'm not as sure. It would depend on how HERE would operate. But assuming the Consortium won, given that it's composed by competing car manufacturers, I think it's extremely likely that HERE would be left as an independent company. And thus the blog would also remain as a way to reach out to consumers.
  • Nokia finds a loophole in the 'create a smartphone' section of the buyout agreement that allows them to create a smartphone if it is a Windows Phone. They then create a wormhole through time to pull the 808 and 1020 creators back to Nokia and create a full-on 1020 successor beyond anything imaginable... and that's when I wake up and realize it was just a dream :-(
  • Haha
  • I don't think it would turn out to be a windows phone
  • LOL yeah that'd be cool. Unfortunately there's no such loophole. Believe me, I searched for one ;)
  • I'm guessing they are announcing some new sort of technological feat or breakthrough that can be monetized. The use of HERE probably means it's something location based.
  • I doubt Nokia Technologies would hold a substantial presser just to announce a buyer for the Here division. Maybe a Nokia tablet running iOS? :P.
  • What to expect from Nokia? They were going down before WindowsPhone already, because they weren´t able to adjust to the market. Then they got WindowsPhone and it didn´t work out because they overpriced their devices and were missing real innovation until the Lumia 920(and of course WP developement was too slow). Now they are licensing their brand name for some manufactures in the Android segment and thats all. I guess there´s no coming real coming back. What are they expecting to earn in the overcrowded Android market?
  • "During Elop's tenure, Nokia annual revenues fell 40% from EUR 41.7 billions per year to EUR 25.3 billions per year. Nokia profits fell 92% from EUR 2.4 billions per year to EUR 188 millions per year. Nokia handset sales fell 40% from 456 million units per year to 274 million units per year. Nokia share price which was at EUR 7.12 on the day Elop was hired, had fallen 81% to a bottom level of EUR 1.44 two years later, after which it began trading at EUR 4.14, up 36% on the day."
  • The real definition of trojan :)
  • The "Nokia Supreme" still hasn't been announced. It's an Android smartphone developed by Nokia together with Meizu and is said to include several technologies that were originally planned for the Lumia 1040 (which MS refused to release). In March it was reported that it includes a PureView 60MP camera.
  • Thanks for remind me - Meizu has been putting out some "Nokia calling" type teasers for a July 29 event/launch. In theory these two could be linked. The event is in China at 2.30pm on July 29th.. what would that be in LA? http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/is-meizu-using-nokia-1110-to-troll-nokia-m...
  • Maybe the timing is not to piss off Microsoft, but to announce some sort of technology that can/will be utilized in Windows 10? Who knows? I guess we will have to wait and see...
  • HERE Maps, hololens...
  • Would make sense...
  • No it wouldn't.
  • More of HereView, HoloViews, or PurLens...
  • May be related to finding partner for entering smartphone business again! Bit too early or i guess so!
  • I reckon it'll be something hololens related, perhaps Here Maps for hololens? Being released alongside W10 the next day?
  • People will not be driving cars wearing HoloLens.
  • Not with that attitude they won't.
  • Why's still nokia news here as nokia makes android phones and tabs. Btw nokia biggest fan here used 10 nokia phones including 520, 730.
  • NOW HERE suggests they're announcing stateside release of their ipad mini tablet clone. Maybe a new version of it?  The image looks like a camera lens.  Not sure what that means.
  • Nokia made rectangular tablet years before Apple. But I agree it could be related to tablet launch.
  • They have to burn out that $7B from Microsoft. Lets see what they do... Nokia as a handset maker is dead, it doesnt have the capacity to pull off a proper mass market device with mass production capabilities.  Nokia will also wont come back to Windows/windows phone as that bridge has been burnt and there is a lot of baad blood. They should stick to developing 5G and network capabilities.
  • udupa1982:Nokia as a handset maker is dead, it doesnt have the capacity to pull off a proper mass market device with mass production capabilities. 
    If you say so....
  • HERE deal would not be announced by different division. It will be a standard press/stock exchange release. Nokia has some cutting edge imaging tech, new sensors and such, perhaps something related to that incoming. Patent deal on non-seps with Samsung is also due.
  • Who cares. If it is not Windows or Microsoft why it's it in this News site??? I bet it's android. Post it over at Android central.
  • Considering there are already over 80 comments, I'd say more than a few people care. And since no one knows what it is related to, why would the editors assume it is Android-related?
  • You obviously care, smart guy, since you're posting comments in the article. And who are you to tell the Windows Central staff what they can and cannot write about.
  • Nowhere - Now Here. Creative I must say. Seems to be location based so my guess is that is map related. We'll see soon enough.
  • "nowhere" becomes "now here." Pic resembles two camera lenses with what looks like a reflection of sun dappled trees (like you'd see on the windshield of a car driving in the country). Two camera lenses suggests 3d. Driving with cams suggests mapping. It's awfully suggestive of something related to HERE maps, especially with the inclusion of the word "here" in the two phrases...hmmmm...
  • There's this Nokia event, and also an Angry Birds 2 event around that date. Gabe Aul said there's 1 more surprise before the W10 launch (Don't think we know what that is yet) - It would be interesting if either of the events were linked to this but I don't see them being. The last big Nokia announcement I remember was their Android tablet, for me personally that Was a big letdown and they overhyped it
  • It definitely sounds like it is HERE related. I wonder if it could also be related to Win 10 since this event is being held the day before it's release.
  • I'm buying no Android phone from anyone.
  • Meizu has been putting out some "Nokia calling" type teasers for a July 29 event/launch. In theory these two could be linked. The event is in China at 2.30pm on July 29th.. which is July 28th 11.30pm in LA. Coincidence? Me starting to think not! http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/is-meizu-using-nokia-1110-to-troll-nokia-m...
  • Edit function not working so: Now Meizu has event sent out physical invites with an old school Nokia 1110 inside it: http://www.gizmochina.com/2015/07/15/meizu-m2-launch-invite-comes-with-n... The plot thickens.
  • Does anyone knows here....
    Which company have "Pureview" technology currently....
    Microsoft Or Nokia.
  • AFAIK: MS licensed the related patents and bouth or licenced the Pureview trademark. Most/many of the staff that worked on cameras in Nokia, again just AFAIK, did move to MS. However, Nokia still owns those patents, and is probably continuing R&D on camera tech too in its Technologies division - and as such has kept or acquired some of the camera engineers too. Bear in mind that Pureview referred to both the type of large sensor enabled oversampling as found in 808/1020 (and lesser extent 930) AND OIS tech found in e.g. 920, 925, 930, 830, AND to some other computation imaging trickery.
  • And what's the future of this "Pureview"......
    Will It be going to present in next Flagship(s) from Microsoft Or......anything.
  • Hard to know exactly, but of course MS's "more focused" portfolio approach may not bode well for anything very niche/outlandish (like 808 and 1020 were). But, here's to hoping. :)
  • Nokia has some patents related to new sensor tech using graphene and also owns a piece of Pelican Imaging that uses different kind of sensors. Most likely a tablet though, with innovative camera(s).
  • Nokia holds the PureView technology. Microsoft, however, bought the "PureView" brand. Meaning the NAME "PureView" belongs to Microsoft, but the technology behind it belongs to Nokia.
  • I don't think Nokia is that stupid to announce a phone. They can't actually enter the market for a while. If they introduce one at the end of July, the hype would be gone by the time it came out. It probably has something to do with their mapping division, but I can't think of anything besides selling it that would be worthy of a press event.
  • Well, Apple did that. Twice. But yeah, it would be stupid.   I wouldn't count on a division of Nokia announcing things regarding another division. This is a division-specific event, not a Nokia event. Nokia Technologies doesn't interfere with HERE.
  • Yeah, but if Apple announces an iPhone in July, it's coming out in August or September. Nokia isn't even allowed to enter the phone market for another 6 months.
  • The first iPhone was announced 6 months before it ever reached the market. The iWat...Apple Watch only reached the first market 9 months after being announced. The Moto 360 was also announced +6 months before being released. That's what I meant when I mentioned Apple. Announcing a device months before being able to release it isn't a novelty.    But I don't think Nokia should do it.
  • So I'm thinking that's not camera lenses, looks like windows on an aircraft almost. But my screen is gubbed so im not best placed to guess lol
  • Nokia and Windows is over... Forget it and move on...
  • The image shows 2 camera lenses side by side.
  • HERE+ Dating Service, in 3D!
  • My guess is a future android device
  • is it possible that Nokia will return to widows phone market ?
  • No never
  • Brand & tech licensing why not? I suppose they are open to all deals which make them money. But is there money in WP market..
  • Why not? Because WP didn't work out for them in the past, and they've surely learned their lesson.
  • Nokia, Espoo event LA?
  • The Nokia Corporation is based in Finland. But Nokia Technologies has their base in Sunnyvale, California. Which makes it normal to hold the event in the US.
  • I Just read that as "we're back" that's all that matters no matter what they bring. They were here before, why not return? They know how and they know best.
  • Agree. I understood it as: You people say Nokia is nowhere... Well that's not true, we are HERE NOW BITCHES!
  • They're announcing their version of hololens lol
  • Maybe it's a HerePhone XD
  • .
  • NO WHERE
  • may be a new OS ?
  • Probably annoucing that their  60mp Purview camera technology is being lisenced to some Android Phone OEM.  So much for the Lumia 1040. Nokia have to spend that $7 billion on something.  
  • Even Title says now 'HERE'
  • N1 tablet with Windows 10!
  • Come on Nokia 809.
  • If Nokia got a buyer for "HERE"; the buyer is getting a great deal!  Nokia paid around $8 billion dollars for it and made another $3 billion in R&D costs to HERE.  Rumor has it; that it went for only $3.5 billion.
  • A big twist, Nokia buy microsoft.
  • Nowhere Now Here, I gotta admit, that's darn clever. It is for there maps division, think about it. You are nowhere, and now you are here.
  • The lens has reflection of fireworks. Maybe its a dual lens 3d camera, no one is stopping them from making a camera right ??
  • Because the nokia was going nowhere with phones so now they are here making cameras lol
  • I'm pretty sure they'll roll out their streetview. In the image there are two cameras, almost at 90 degrees from each other, kind of like the 360 degrees streetview cameras. I know there have been cars driving around for here to get streetview images, I've seen a couple myself a few months ago (in Estonia which neighbors Finland, Nokia's home base).