Nokia's Health division is rumored to be up for sale right now with Nest reportedly eyeing up the company for purchase, but now it looks like Samsung may be readying a bid too.
According to news website Les Echos (opens in new tab) (who cites sources familiar with the matter) two French companies were in the running to purchase Nokia Health as well as one non-European company.
Now French newspaper Le Monde (opens in new tab) has said that third company is Samsung and it's still considering a purchase of Nokia Health. A Samsung official has since told the Korea Times (opens in new tab) that Samsung "have not heard about it.”
Although that looks to be an outright denial from Samsung, it would be interesting to see what the company could do with Nokia's health focused tech.
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Nokia Health bought Withings back in 2016 and has gently rereleased a lot of the original brand's existing products with slight tweaks and the Nokia brand name.
We've seen fitness trackers like the Nokia Steel HR and Nokia Go, but neither compete with the top-end fitness features of the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro. Bringing Nokia Health into the fold would see Samsung diversify its offering, with a fitness tracker for every budget
Nokia Health also has a variety of smart weighing scales, blood pressure monitors and sleep trackers that would expand Samsung's portfolio of smart home tech too.
Although we don't currently know who will be buying Nokia Health, these consistent rumors suggest the company is set to sell the division within the coming months.
Nokia isn't letting any information go, telling Wareable (opens in new tab) it's still performing a strategic review, at the moment.
That same website is also reporting that we'll hear about a winning bidder for Nokia Health within the month though, so it probably won't be long until we hear if the Nokia name and tech will be moving to another brand.