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Back in February of 2011 Microsoft and Nokia entered into a partnership that made Windows Phone “its primary smartphone strategy.” While Nokia reportedly represents over 80% of all the Windows Phone handsets sold, their market share has slowly declined.

Before Microsoft decided to spend a whopping $7.2 billion to purchase Nokia’s Devices & Services, Nokia was considering options – a ‘plan B’ of sorts. According to a report in the New York Times, Nokia was actively testing Android on Lumia devices.

“A team within Nokia had Android up and running on the company’s Lumia handsets well before Microsoft and Nokia began negotiating Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone and services business, according to two people briefed on the effort who declined to be identified because the project was confidential. Microsoft executives were aware of the existence of the project, these people said.”

This isn’t entirely surprising. Many people thought that Android would’ve been a smart route for the Finnish company to take. These same people noted that Microsoft executives were certainly aware that Nokia was testing Android on Lumia devices before and during the negotiations. They also made clear that Android was not a part of discussions between the two companies, even though it was “widely recognized” that it was possible Nokia would be using Android on smartphones in the future. 

Notably, Nokia had an option to exit its partnership with Microsoft at the end of 2014 and may have used the threat of switching to Android as tool in its dealings with the company.

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Shivaank Rana
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7 comments
Vishal Thakur
Vishal Thakur

Nokia is loved so much in in India but we want android lumia are good great actually but android is the trend if Nokia would have taken this up earlier it would have never lost its 1st place in the mobile market and it's great devices like the old pure view n900 would have been the trend setters but o well

Sunny Jack
Sunny Jack

This one move could drown Samsung forever........perhaps Nokia still doesnt understand how much we loved this Finnish Technology and its products........wonder why Nokia never switched to android :(

Uma Shankar Pandit
Uma Shankar Pandit

I think Nokia market was already effected in the absence of Android OS.. And Lots of people want to purchase Nokia Brand, But in the absence of Android, they go through Samsung or other Brand. Nokia have need to launch Android OS phone As soon as possible to back again in market.

Lakhinandan Baruah
Lakhinandan Baruah

If Nokia starts manufacturing android phones all other smartphones companies will fail for ever....

Vishal
Vishal

Yes because in India people trust Nokia and if they manufacture android handsets, India woluld be one of the biggest markets for the Finnish company.

Marcel Samyn
Marcel Samyn

So Microsoft bought Nokia because they were afraid of Nokia dropping Windows Phone?

me
me

i think yes! no...umm m sure!