Nokia hub HMD Global partners with Google Cloud and CGI

June 19, 2019
Written by Folake Dosu

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Nokia phone hub HMD Global is partnering with consultancy firm CGI and Google Cloud to move and store phone activation and performance data at the Google Cloud Region in Hamina, Finland, according to a company announcement

Nokia phone fans in every corner of the world stand to gain an improved experience now that HMD Global has Google Cloud’s advanced data analytics and machine learning technologies and CGI´s cloud and data science expertise on its side.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said in a statement, “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.”

Maintaining European standards for security and data privacy informed the company’s decision to keep data in Finnish servers, as users begin to demand greater transparency in the wake of GDPR and cloud data storage solutions face more public scrutiny.

“Google Cloud and CGI were natural choices to be our strategic cloud partners thanks to our pre-existing close collaborations with them, which ensures that we’re implementing our leading data security and analytics technology at a global level.”

“Google Cloud and CGI were natural choices to be our strategic cloud partners thanks to our pre-existing close collaborations with them, which ensures that we’re implementing our leading data security and analytics technology at a global level. We want to remain open and transparent about how we collect and store device activation data and want to ensure people understand why and how it improves their phone experience,” explained Sarvikas.

Eva Fors, Managing Director, Google Cloud Northern Europe, noted that the Google Cloud Platform is also a win for sustainability, citing Google’s 100% match of its global, annual electricity use with renewable energy.

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