Even before the switch, the Nokia brand had been fading away. Several of the company’s Windows Phone Store apps, such as Treasure Tag and App Social, have dropped Nokia from their names in recent months. Some Nokia websites have also been pointing people to Microsoft, and Microsoft Mobile is now the official name for Nokia’s former device business.
Still, Microsoft was using the Nokia name in actual products as recently as last month, when it announced the Nokia Lumia 730 and 830. Both phones have “Nokia” written on the front bezel, but they could be the last handsets to do so as Microsoft puts the name change into effect.
Why this matters: Microsoft clearly feels the need to simplify its smartphone branding, and the Nokia brand is just one casualty. The company has also stopped using “Windows Phone” in its advertising, instead favoring just “Windows” even before merging the two operating systems in Windows 10. Dropping the Nokia brand may also be a case of clearing up confusion, given that Nokia’s networking, mapping and licensing businesses still exist as a separate company.
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Jared Newman covers personal technology from his remote Cincinnati outpost. He also publishes two newsletters, Advisorator for tech advice and Cord Cutter Weekly for help with ditching cable or satellite TV.