Nokia Lumia Android Phone on the Way (Report)

Nokia Lumia Android Phone on the Way (Report)

Screen Shot 2014 06 24 at 9.32.03 AM 441x400

Microsoft is reportedly working on a Nokia Lumia smartphone powered by Android, rather than Redmond’s own Windows Phone 8 operating system. The move would be a huge one for Microsoft, which until now has emphasized making Windows Phone a viable alternative to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

News of the Android-powered Lumia device came by way of @evleaks, though the only information the popular Twitter tipster had to offer was that the smartphone was on its way. A Lumia handset running Android would be a first for Microsoft and Nokia, which until now have only used Google’s OS on entry-level phones.

MORE: 15 Best Android Apps You’re Not Using

Nokia debuted its X line of smartphones in February, saying the budget-friendly, Android-powered handsets would serve as a gateway to bringing Microsoft’s Windows Phone to the masses. To do that, the phones were loaded with a forked version of Android that looked a lot like Windows Phone’s Live Tile interface.

The catch was that the phones didn’t run Google’s own Android apps, such as Gmail, Google Search and Google Drive. Instead, customers had to use such Microsoft apps as Outlook, Bing and One Drive. By forcing buyers to use these Microsoft services, Nokia hoped to get them hooked on Microsoft’s apps, which would eventually translate into more people purchasing Windows Phone-powered Nokia smartphones.

Since Microsoft purchased Nokia, the Android-powered Nokia X2 has also debuted, though it too targets developing markets. If this report proves true, we could see an Android-powered Lumia in the U.S. sometime soon.

via: @evleaks


AUTHOR BIO
Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Daniel P. Howley on
Twitter Google+
LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating Editor's Choice 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE