Rumor: Nokia tested Android Lumia phones before Microsoft deal


Nokia has been exclusively Windows Phone for its smartphones, but it may have tested Android devices.

In public, Nokia executives have said in the past they have been "very happy" with the deal they struck with Microsoft in 2011 that would see the company exclusively use the Windows Phone operating system for their smartphone products. Now a report from The New York Times claims, via unnamed sources, that a secret Nokia team was working on getting its Lumia smartphones to run Google's Android OS for a number of months.

The report claims that Microsoft was aware of the secret Lumia Android project but that did not factor into the company's recent talks with Nokia. Those discussions resulted in a plan that will put the company's Devices and Services unit under Microsoft's control. However, the report does hint that the Nokia Android team didn't encounter too many problems in switching Lumia devices away from Windows Phone. Neither Microsoft nor Nokia would comment on today's New York Times story.

The idea that Nokia could have had a "Plan B" to switch to Android is one that the company itself has tried to dismiss in previous statements. As recently as July, Nokia's now former CEO Stephen Elop said that the company didn't want to get involved in making Android phones because it saw that "one company has essentially now become the dominant player." That player is, of course, Samsung, who has had huge success with its Galaxy line of products.

Source: New York Times

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Microsoft essentially killed Nokia, the once greatest phone maker in the world. They shafted them with a Trojan horse CEO and gave them some money in return for kin OS part 2. Shame the cash couldn't stop the hostile takeover. Android would have been the way out of the downward spiral. Nokia got blinded by the Monopoly money MS flashed around.

Totally true!!! Nokia WILL never be the same. If MS dies a legend will die as well. In the other hand when windows phone ends its life, they could switch to Android or something else.

Well Microsoft bought Nokia (the parts that matter) for two reasons alone.

#1) It's no secret that the Lumia line of phones are the only thing keeping Windows Phone relevant.

#2) Nokia's contract was going to end in 2014. Most likely Nokia would have produced an Android phone and Microsoft did not want that.


Thankfully Microsoft will have Nokia as a hardware company. If Windows Phone should fail, at least they still can make money in mobile space.

Does it really matter? Nexus 4 is one of the best phones I ever used at price never seen before, Samsung Galaxy 4 is another very good phone.

Who needs Nokia?

As myself and others have mentioned before, some of the people at Nokia were NOT Microsoft fans, and hated the platform consistency that WP8 requires.

WP8 has restrictions and must remain consistent.

However this is what gives users a consistent experience and why it is secure, fast, and extremely stable. (Something that Android users would love to have even if they had to give up some of the OEM customization flexibility.)

Even some of the team leads, that announced they were leaving Nokia wanted to keep their own OS and played with Android, this was known a long time ago.

(There are even a few side quotes about these Nokia people talking about trying Android and being surprised the performance differences were so far behind WP7/8.)

hipporama said,
After looking at that pic, I am doubly glad to know that monstrosity never happened.

Agreed, I retched a little after seeing that picture.

They should put it on ebay to get big pay from one android user ... the first and the last Nokia Android phone ....

The surprise would have been that they hadn't tested Android. If you make a decision to go with one OS exclusively (whichever one) for your company's smartphones, you STILL don't ignore the competition without testing it - that's simply common sense. Even Microsoft gets that much - name a single company that they even ASKED to do RT exclusively. Nokia was, in fact, the only company to do exclusively Windows Phone for smartphones; what's more, how do we know that it wasn't Nokia's idea? (Answer: we don't.)

Why to follow ?
Nokia just in initial state of progressing, keep it going and Microsoft will help in software development and Nokia improve hardware.
That is a perfect combination.

Not surprising. WP8 is struggling, Android is progressing. I would probably buy a Nokia phone if it could run Android. Sadly, it won't happen

myxomatosis said,
Not surprising. WP8 is struggling, Android is progressing. I would probably buy a Nokia phone if it could run Android. Sadly, it won't happen

It gives me never ending joy that this is never going to happen.

CygnusOrion said,
Windows Mobile 8? If you're trolling at least get the nomenclature correct.

How is that trolling when he was just expressing his opinion that he would like Android on Nokia and many others say WP8 is going slow. He isnt slamming Nokia at all or anything.

Why is it so hard for people to differentiate the difference between trolling, and opinions.

myxomatosis said,
So you're happy to have less options as a consumer?

Are you suggesting that there are a shortage of vendors offering Android devices?

techbeck said,

How is that trolling when he was just expressing his opinion that he would like Android on Nokia and many others say WP8 is going slow. He isnt slamming Nokia at all or anything.

Why is it so hard for people to differentiate the difference between trolling, and opinions.

I should probably have lied and pretend WP8 sales were excellent I like WP8, I think it's a great mobile OS, but sadly, it doesn't sell very well, that's a fact. Fanboys like CygnusOrion aren't very critical and see trolls everywhere... That's life, we won't change them.

Bitcrazed said,
Are you suggesting that there are a shortage of vendors offering Android devices?

no, but Nokia have always made nice innovative hardware, I find the Samsung hardware reliable, but not robust - i.e. scratches and chips easily.

myxomatosis said,
Not surprising. WP8 is struggling, Android is progressing. I would probably buy a Nokia phone if it could run Android. Sadly, it won't happen

Where is WP8 struggling?

siah1214 said,

It gives me never ending joy that this is never going to happen.

Well, theorically in 2016 Nokia could make another phone...

Fritzly said,

Well, theorically in 2016 Nokia could make another phone...

Yes, but their manufacturing and R&D have all been sold to MS. So they'd have to rebuild their phone business from scratch, in 4 years, with money that they're not making right now.
So theoretically, yes. Practically, not a snowflake's chance in hell. But it could happen.

So you're happy to have less options as a consumer?

How many Android OEMs do there need to be? There's dozens already.

Not the R&D; MS licensed a lot of Nokia technologies not bought them. They will not have ven be able to use the Nokia brand for future Lumia device, if they will keep the Lumia which I hope.
Again I am not saying that Nokia, if the sale to MS will be approved, will surely go back making phones, just that it is a possibility.

ACTIONpack said,
It's well known that Nokia was test out many different OS for there phones.

Shame they haven't released an android one. I've looked at (and dismissed) their "high price/high margin" WMP lineup, Android just works, and has all the apps I need and want, unlike an $800 iphone ripoff by Microsoft.

dvb2000 said,

Shame they haven't released an android one. I've looked at (and dismissed) their "high price/high margin" WMP lineup, Android just works, and has all the apps I need and want, unlike an $800 iphone ripoff by Microsoft.

Android just works? LOL. That statement along with you calling WP an iphone ripoff leads me to think you are smoking a very potent version of crack.

Exactly this. I don't know what version of WP/iOS you've apparently seen, but anything similar, they are not. Not even close. So far apart.

Nashy said,
Exactly this. I don't know what version of WP/iOS you've apparently seen, but anything similar, they are not. Not even close. So far apart.

If anything, iOS 7 is borrowing elements from WP.