Nokia puts the brakes on VR hardware development

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia plans to reduce up to 310 jobs from its Nokia Technologies unit and halt development of its virtual reality (VR) camera “OZO” and hardware, the Finnish company said on Tuesday.

The unit has about 1,090 employees and the potential cuts are expected to affect staff in Finland, the United States and Britain. Nokia employed about 102,000 employees as of end-June.

The unit will continue to focus on digital health and patent and brand licensing business, Nokia said.

“The slower-than-expected development of the VR market means that Nokia Technologies plans to reduce investments and focus more on technology licensing opportunities,” it said in a statement.

Nokia, whose main business is now telecoms network equipment, launched the camera last year as the first device for its digital media business, one of its new hopes for future growth.

It was designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets. Nokia cut the price of the camera by 25% to $45,000 later last year.

(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; editing by Jason Neely)

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