Nokia insiders reveal: company had Android running on Lumia models

Nokia may have been late to the Windows Phone game, but its first wave of WP7 handsets definitely got the attention of a lot of smartphone fans. By the time we started seeing WP8 models arrive, Nokia had refined its designs and was producing some really interesting handsets with very compelling features, as well as some at attractive price points. Problem was, for plenty of people who might otherwise be interested in a Lumia phone, Nokia appeared firmly committed to Windows Phone, a platform struggling to find its footing. Cries rang out wishing that Nokia would put its design talents to use in making Android phones, instead, but nothing seemed to come of the suggestion. With the recent acquisition by Microsoft of Nokia’s smartphone division, the idea sounds dead in the water. But now a new report from the New York Times cites internal Nokia sources to give us a glimpse at what might have been, revealing work on bringing Android to the Lumia family.

Leading up to the eventual acquisition, Nokia engineers were perusing a confidential side project to prepare for a possible switch over to Android. That effort included porting Android over to existing Lumia models. Even hearing it confirmed like this, it still sounds a little fantastic, and this buy-out business aside, we wonder how such a thing might have been possible under the ongoing deal it had with Microsoft that brought Nokia to WP in the first place.

We know there’s probably not a snowflake’s chance in hell that it would ever come to light, but who here wouldn’t love to see some of this software leak out, and maybe jump-start a homebrew community for Android Lumia frankenphones?

Source: The New York Times
Via: The Verge

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!