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Nokia could start selling Android smartphones and tablets this year

Although it has never been a serious force within the Android device market, there remains a lot of fondness for Nokia amongst enthusiasts. The warmth towards the Finnish company may primarily come from its exploits as a feature phone manufacturer, but it appears there may not be long to wait before it returns as a smartphone and tablet maker.

It is no secret that another Finnish company, HMD, has been working on a range of Android-based devices.

There is a close association between HMD and Nokia. HMD is comprised of former Nokia staff and owns the sole worldwide rights to the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablets.

The potential of three or four new Nokia devices from HMD is not in itself anything unexpected. But it has emerged that these products could in fact be announced before the end of the year.

It has not been ruled out that these new Nokia Android devices, possibly including both smartphones and tablets, will go on sale before the end of 2016. This would be a relatively ambitious timeframe, but it is one that HMD is believed to be looking at.

Even if the new Nokia Android devices do not go on sale in 2016, there is a reasonable likelihood of them being unveiled this year, before being released early in 2017.

[via Android Authority]