Nokia's Android Lumias likely little more than a token gesture

Nokia's Android Lumias likely little more than a token gestureIt's just the news Nokia fans less than pleased about the Microsoft buyout wanted to hear: Nokia engineers did in fact develop Lumia smartphones running Android long before the £4.6bn deal was agreed.

Knowledgeable insiders have confided in The New York Times that the Android Lumia prototypes were put together – with the full knowledge of Microsoft – as far back as 2012 or early this year.

The NYT report goes on to say that the concept of an Android Nokia didn't form part of Microsoft's talks with Nokia about the acquisition.

Obviously this is a big deal because of how long some people have been crying out for Nokia to think about switching to Android. But in truth, is this that much of a surprise?

It's not like we're talking a full-blown new product anyway – the handset in question would have been an existing hardware device simply running Android instead of Windows Phone. In reality the surprise would have been a company the size of Nokia not ever having mocked up an Android Lumia.

If the mood inside Nokia had been taking anything like a serious turn towards the Android argument, we wouldn't have seen the speed and intensity of the high-level meetings that reportedly took place over recent months ahead of the Microsoft buyout being announced.

As the NYT points out, Nokia would be free to act on any Android ambitions at the end of 2014 – in other words, if Nokia was serious about it, it would simply have to maintain the status quo with Microsoft for another year or so.

What seems more likely is that the move to throw together an Android prototype or two was OK'd just to appease the sizeable pro-Android camp within Nokia, with little real chance of it ever going any further.

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mightyforest  Sep. 16, 2013 at 16:19

So glad they didnt release an android version

corgi74  Sep. 16, 2013 at 18:15

So glad they didnt release an android version

Why? Probably would have sold well. 920 running android would be nice.

JamesSB  Sep. 16, 2013 at 18:28

So glad they didnt release an android version
I agree

mightyforest  Sep. 16, 2013 at 21:18

The lumias run nice and quick on windows platform, for them to put android on which sometimes can be buggy,laggy and crashing would spoil the pure beauty of the devices :)

SpeedyG  Sep. 17, 2013 at 15:56

Nokia on Android will not be smooth.

On iOS however....

:D

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