It’s a story that should surprise nobody as we’re hearing how Nokia was testing Android on their Lumia series prior to making a deal with Microsoft earlier this month. The New York Times — via unnamed sources declined to be identified — said that Nokia had Android up and running on their hardware long before the Microsoft negotiations materialized.
Supposedly building Android phones wasn’t used as a bargaining position during talks with Microsoft. but certainly both sides had to be aware. Every company has a fall-back solution, and and open-source, popular and easy-to-port piece of software like Android makes perfect sense.
In any case, since Microsoft now owns the portion of Nokia that builds phones, we’ll never know exactly how things went down, or how close this was to every happening, as both Microsoft and Nokia have so far declined to comment on the rumor, but it’s clear that Android-based Lumias are now just a thing of the past.
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