Nokia has quashed rumours it is looking to make a return to manufacturing smartphones, with the Finnish firm issuing a stern denial via its official website.
Responding to stories that emerged last week about plans to return to the smartphone arena in 2016, Nokia said: “These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive.
“Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.”
Nokia sold its devices and services business to Microsoft in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2013.
Under the terms of that agreement, it is forbidden from making phones until the end of 2015, with further licensing curbs in place well into next year.
With Nokia already selling an Android-based N1 tablet, it was widely believed that last week’s stories heralded a new start for a company that was left trailing in the wake of Apple and Samsung and their cutting-edge handsets.
Nokia’s statement does leave the door open.
It may not have plans right now to make devices, but what about in the future? And is it looking at making handsets for enterprise rather than consumers?
Only time will tell.