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Nokia was testing Android on Lumia phones before Microsoft bought it

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#1 Shaun of the Seven

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 01:23 AM

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The New York Times reports that Nokia engineers developed Lumia phones for that ran Google's Android operating system. Lumia Android phones could be a reality in 2014. Microsoft executives were aware of the existence of the project. May be that's why Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile phone and services business for $7.2 billion. :D

 

For those who don't know about the old Nokia deal, Nokia signed a deal with Microsoft in 2011 to use only Windows Phone on its smartphones, but Nokia had an option to exit that partnership at the end of 2014.



#2 Jatin

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 02:57 AM

This is Epic! :D



#3 FalseAgent

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:24 AM

At least we now know the Mr Elop isn't the 'trojan horse' that everyone says he is. He was very much considering other strategies.

 

I also believe that it was made known previously that Nokia, under Mr Elop's leadership, approached Google before Microsoft for help, but Google didn't want to give an OEM preferential treatment, I guess that is why Nokia decided to go with Microsoft.

 

I love Windows Phone, and I love my Lumia, but it's quite sad that market realities ($$$) always ends up in something anti-consumer. I actually think Nokia could have made good Android phones, but at the expense of everyone ignoring Nokia's Maps, unique imaging apps, and other strengths/capabilities. Maybe that was a risk too big that Nokia didn't want to take. At least now Nokia's Navteq business is secure..........with Microsoft and Windows Phone being their biggest customers...

 

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#4 Frylock86

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 02:22 AM

Um, hate to burst your bubble, but Android was considered as a "Plan B" if Windows Phone didn't work out. There isn't going to be an Android Lumia in 2014 (or ever) since Microsoft now owns Nokia's Devices division.



#5 Shaun of the Seven

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 02:52 AM

That's what I posted. Nokia was considering Android as an option. They were working with an Android team before the Microsoft deal.



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