Part of the narrative leading up to MWC 2014 was that with Microsoft about to assume control of Nokia, the Nokia X would be the company's “first and last” Android smartphone.
Nokia partially burst that bubble by announcing not one but three Android devices on Monday, and now it's promising that's just the start.
For a company supposedly down on its luck Nokia sure knows how to pull out a surprise or two come MWC time. Two years ago it was the Nokia 808 PureView, this time around the Nokia X, X+ and XL.
But if it was a shock to see a trio of Nokia Androids emerge when many of us doubted the existence of even one, that's nothing.
Over to Jussi Nevanlinna, Nokia VP of Mobile Phone marketing: “We will be announcing more products in the family over the course of the next year, and the price range it covers will change to suit the markets. We will be taking Nokia X into even more affordable price points.”
Nevanlinna was speaking to Nokia Conversations in a lengthy Q&A piece covering just some of the many questions mobile tech journalists have been asking over the past few weeks.
Despite the widespread coverage, however, few have raised the possibility of this being just the start of Nokia's Android adventure. But now that it comes to it, why not?
The forked Android OS means Nokia (and therefore Microsoft) can pre-load devices with all the same software and services you get on Lumia handsets, and if that's happening at a price point Windows Phone can't reach, that's extra users that might stick with those services even if they move to a mainstream Android device.
Yes, there's the question of Windows Phone market share and licence revenue, but then isn't it time Microsoft faces the reality that once it owns Nokia, something like 90% of Windows Phone licence revenue will effectively be coming from itself.
Nevanlinna himself points out that he “can't speak on Microsoft's behalf”, while Windows Phone boss Joe Belfiore commented over the weekend that Nokia would “do some things we’re excited about, and some things we’re less excited about”.
But rest assured – if Microsoft had been hell bent on killing the Nokia X project it could have stipulated that the buyout deal could only go ahead if Nokia's plans to build an Android phone didn't.
The fact that it didn't surely isn't because it didn't know. It obviously sees the value in getting smartphone first-timers in developing markets using Microsoft/Nokia services.
If the strategy works, and Windows Phone's lack of progress outside of Nokia continues (remember: there were zero truly new Windows Phones announced at MWC 2014), it raises an interesting possibility: could Microsoft end up scrapping Windows Phone and simply adopt Nokia's tweaked version of Android as its primary OS instead?
Sounds crazy, but then so did Nokia launching three Android phones a couple of months ago.