It was recently said that Microsoft is likely to take over the smartphone unit of Nokia. But the credibility behind this speculation is now being questioned as it is being reported that Nokia might have plans to switch to Android.
The Finnish Company is said to be presently working on an Android Lumia smartphone, reported The New York Times.
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Rumours about Nokia's plans to combine its hardware with Google's operating system has been in the air for a while now and it was also said that the company had set up a team to test the Lumia devices running on Android OS.
As per reports, these tests began even before the negotiations between the Finnish Company and Microsoft. The testing of Android software on Lumia devices was considered to be an alternative, if the deal with Microsoft did not go through.
However, the Finnish company hasn't yet commented on these rumours.
On the other hand, Microsoft and Nokia are said to have spoken about the acquisition and negotiated a deal for £4.5 billion ($7.2 billion). While an anonymous source revealed to The New York Times that Microsoft executives were aware of the existence of the project, another source said that the Redmond-based brand did not have any idea about the acquisition.
The deal between Nokia and Microsoft to make a Windows Phone was signed in 2011 and big things were expected from the collaboration. While Nokia claims to have sold 80 percent of the handsets, the Windows Phone did not fit in the smartphone world as the two tech giants had expected.
Nokia has been criticised by experts for choosing Windows OS instead of Android, which resulted in the Finnish company facing losses. The share of the company fell to three percent during the first half of 2013 from 32.8 percent in 2010.
It has been predicted that Nokia could have been in a better place, if the tech giant had chosen Android instead of Windows.
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