A Nokia smartphone running the Android operating system had been on my wishlist for the longest time. Nokia phones usually sport phenomenal build quality, something very few Android phones can boast off, and its in-house technologies like Nokia Maps, Here, and the fantastic PureView camera is something I am sure most Android fans crave.
So it is quite disheartening to learn that Nokia were indeed toying with the Android operating system with their Lumia phones before Microsoft plopped down $7.1 billion to acquire them.
While it is unclear what Nokia was planning on achieving running Android, it is a known fact that the company had the option to end its exclusivity with Microsoft at the end of 2014, and could have been simply browsing through their options if it had come to that.
Apparently, Microsoft were well aware of Nokia’s little side project but it is said to have played no direct role in their acquisition.
Via The Verge.