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Microsoft Knows Nokia Tested Android on Lumia Prior to Deal

According to reports, Nokia had tested Android on its Lumia device prior to its deal with Microsoft. Meanwhile, Microsoft had acquired Nokia’s hardware division in an effort to upgrade the Windows Phone.

Sep 14 2013, 4:34am CDT | by

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Microsoft Knows Nokia Tested Android on Lumia Prior to Deal

Microsoft Knows Nokia Tested Android on Lumia Prior to Deal

The clear-cut advantage that Microsoft obtained from its acquisition of Nokia devices group was that Nokia had been testing Android on its Lumia Series of smart phones. The Finnish giant had long ago started tinkering with Android in case it was left high and dry by Microsoft. And while this Operating System shift remained unmentioned at the time of the merger, it is a fact that Microsoft had an inkling of the whole shebang. 

Thus Microsoft execs felt that losing a potential ally such as Nokia would spell trouble in the future. While both Microsoft and Nokia remain tightlipped concerning the obvious news, it has for now been scrapped in favor of new projects the two will undertake together. 

The willingness of Nokia to become partners with Microsoft in the manufacture of its Windows Phone platform was taken two years ago when both companies merged. The previous CEO, Steven Elop for one was happy with the decision. Meanwhile, one party’s loss is another party’s gain. 

Currently, Samsung’s smart phones run on the Android System. Samsung is a world leader in electronic goods and it has been increasingly muscling its way into global prominence lately. On the other hand, Microsoft has lost out in many ways since its PC sales have gone down as the market for tablets and smart phones is expanding rapidly.

Source: NYT

 

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