Microsoft recently acquired Nokia’s devices and services division, effectively owning the popular Lumia smartphone brand which has helped Windows Phone reach a third place position in the mobile market. But did you know that before Nokia made a deal with Microsoft to use Windows Phone on Lumia handsets, Nokia was experimenting with Google’s Android operating system?
“A team within Nokia had Android up and running on the company’s Lumia handsets well before Microsoft and Nokia began negotiating Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone and services business, according to two people briefed on the effort who declined to be identified because the project was confidential. Microsoft executives were aware of the existence of the project, these people said,” a NY Times report stated Friday.
Nokia formed a partnership with Microsoft back in 2011 to use the Windows Phone operating system on Nokia smartphones. Nokia had the option to exit this partnership at the end of 2014. Nokia, being the smart company that they are, were already experimenting with Android and possibly had Google’s mobile operating system as a “Plan B” in case things fell apart with Microsoft.
According to the report, getting Android up and running on Nokia hardware was not hard at all. Android, as most of you know, owns the majority of the smartphone market share. No word on the fate of Nokia’s Android ambitions, but we would imagine it has been shelved due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division.
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