FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia reportedly was testing an Android powered Lumia smartphone before Microsoft bought it.
That's according to The New York Times, which has heard from people familiar with the matter that an engineering team within Nokia had been internally testing Android on Lumia smartphones "well before" the firm began negotiating with Microsoft about a possible buyout.
The report suggests that Microsoft knew about Nokia's flirting with Google's mobile operating system, although it's unclear whether this played a part in Microsoft's $7.2bn acquisition of the firm.
It's likely that Microsoft wanted to nab the firm before it jumped ship, though, with the New York Times reporting that Nokia could have been planning to release an Android smartphone in late 2014, when it would have been given the option to end its partnership with Microsoft.
This likely would have spelled trouble for Microsoft, with Nokia currently accounting for around 85 percent of the Windows Phone market, due to devices from HTC and Samsung struggling to lure customers to the operating system. However, with Samsung accounting for around 90 percent of the Android market, according to reports, the shift would have been a risk for Nokia too - although given the firm's decent hardware and camera technology, we think the Finnish phone firm could have seen success in the Android smartphone market.
There's no telling whether the move would have been good for Nokia or not - and given Microsoft's recent acquisition, it looks like we'll never find out.
Nokia is yet to comment on the report. µ
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