Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Nokia, the former undisputed king of the mobile phone business, decided a few years not to do the one thing its fans asked for, and the one thing everyone else was doing. It stood against the Android change and decided to put everything it had behind Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. That decision ultimately killed Nokia’s smartphone ambitions. But the giant is not completely out of the game, and while it has a tough road ahead, the Nokia phone brand is not going to die without putting up one more fight.
The company has a major press event about to begin here at MWC 2017, and you can follow the live stream below along with our live blog.
It’s not easy to take the stage in Barcelona after LG and Huawei just unveiled what will likely be two of the hottest Android handsets you’ll be able to buy this year. But we have high hopes for Nokia. We expect it to unveil at least one Android-based flagship handset at the show, and maybe announce the international version of the Nokia 6 that’s already selling like hot cakes in China.
But the most interesting thing coming out the reinvented Nokia brand is — and I can’t believe I’m saying this in 2017 — the Nokia 3310. That’s right, Nokia will make the Nokia 3310 great again. It’ll be a feature phone, leaks suggested, and it won’t have any of the neat tricks you can find on even the most basic smartphones out there. For some people, that’s probably fantastic news: A mobile phone that’s good for calls and texts.
Check out Nokia’s live stream and our live blog below. The press conference is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM EST / 7:30 AM PST.