Mumbai: Smartphone manufacturer Nokia recently sold its devices and services unit to Microsoft for $7.2 billion. Before that deal, though, it seems like the Finnish company may have thought of crossing the fence to Google's Android operating system sometime after late 2014, according to the New York Times.
While Microsoft and Nokia have had a long, well-knit bond over the Windows Phone-based Lumia series, new evidence now shows that a Nokia Lumia Android phone was being considered, and prototypes were also reportedly made by the company.
Nokia supposedly had a team working on bringing Android to its Lumia handsets well before the Microsoft deal took place. The source has stated that Microsoft executives were also aware about the existence of this project.
Nokia's plan to shift operating systems is not such a surprising one. Most smartphone companies often have alternatives in mind in case they need to shift the operating system or iron out better deals with software partners. The process of porting Android onto Nokia's hardware was reportedly not such a difficult one. A functional Nokia Android phone, though, is definitely a powerful bargaining chip for Nokia while dealing with Microsoft.
The Android operating system currently runs three out of every four smartphones being sold globally. Both Nokia and Microsoft declined to comment about this, according to the source.
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