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Nokia Was Testing Android Lumia Phones Before Microsoft Swallowed It

Casey Chan-, Gawker Media

Nokia Was Testing Android Lumia Phones Before Microsoft Swallowed It

It'll never happen now but the dream of beautifully brawny Nokia hardware loaded with dominating Android software was an idea that Nokia had been toying around before Microsoft swooped in and bought Nokia's phone business. In fact, Android-powered Lumia phones actually existed inside Nokia. Too bad.

Oh but what a dream it would have been. The NY Times reported that a "team within Nokia had Android up and running on the company's Lumia handsets" long before Microsoft and Nokia crossed any t's and dotted any i's and danced to any Finnish folk songs in celebration of being bought out. The project was confidential but Microsoft was said to be aware of Nokia's Android project.

The report doesn't actually specify if Nokia was going to move forward with its secret Android project, just that it existed. And to be honest, the fact that Nokia was running Android on Lumia phones shouldn't be too surprising given the less than successful arranged marriage of Nokia and Windows Phone. Either way, that project is certainly dead now. Oh what could have been. [NY Times]

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Microsoft Lumia 430: What you get for Rs 5,299

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 Lumia 430 reeks of affordability in its peculiar way. The usual Nokia-like build quality and finishing continue to show up on the Microsoft Lumia’s as well and that’s nothing to complain about. You get a dual-SIM 3G compatible phone with latest available software in tow. Priced at 5,299 it will be available across online and offline store channels.

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