HMD Global Announces Partnership with CGI and Google Cloud to build Nokia Phones for the Future

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HMD Global, makers of Nokia phones, has announced a partnership with consultancy firm CGI and Google Cloud to move and store phone activation and performance data at the Google Cloud Region in Hamina, Finland. The move will deliver an even better customer and device experience for Nokia phone users, by improving the speed and accuracy of device enhancements delivered to Nokia phones as stated by HMD Global in its press statement.

By using Google Cloud in advanced data analytics and machine learning technologies, combined with CGI´s cloud and data science expertise, HMD Global can fully leverage data analytics to benefit Nokia phone fans around the world. The first Nokia smartphones to begin storing data to the new centre will be new Nokia smartphones starting from the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and the Nokia 2.2, with data from earlier Nokia smartphone models being migrated to Hamina after the Android Q update starting later this year and completed in 2020.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said “Fans world-wide value our unique product promise; that every Nokia smartphone on Android One will receive regular security updates for 3 years, alongside OS upgrades for 2 years. We want every Nokia smartphone to stay fresh for longer and to ensure everyone can enjoy the latest innovations from Google, and so we strive to bring the latest OS upgrades from Android faster than any other manufacturer. This is why consumers can rely on their Nokia smartphone, they just keep on getting better with time.”

“And today, we are taking another significant step forward in upholding their trust. Staying true to our Finnish heritage, we’ve decided to partner with CGI and Google Cloud platform for our growing data storage needs and increasing investment in our European home.”

This move further reinforces HMD Global’s commitment to adhere to all applicable European security measures and legislation, including EU data privacy regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as stated further by the company.

CGI created the world-class infrastructure between the back-end data collection and smartphones with an efficiently built architecture and optimised cost structure. HMD Global also leverages CGI’s expertise in advanced analytics to carefully operate and monitor the solution to maximize its potential.

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