9/16/2013

Nokia tested Android on Lumia phones prior to Microsoft deal

nokia-lumiaIt came as quite a surprise to hear Microsoft were purchasing the devices arm of Nokia, although as the biggest supporter of Windows Phone the Finnish manufacturer was the obvious choice for Microsoft once they decided to bring mobile hardware development in-house. It has now been revealed that Nokia had already began to test Android on their Lumia devices before the Microsoft deal happened, something that could have lead to a very different outcome for both Microsoft and Nokia.

Microsoft weren’t looking like giving up on Windows Phone any time soon but the Nokia deal has demonstrated just how serious they are about their mobile operating system. Nokia on the other hand were not getting any where near the sales they hoped for despite the positive reviews for their Lumia devices. A switch to Android may have lead to much greater interest in Nokia’s Lumia devices although with Samsung established as the top Android brand it may still have been a struggle to increase marketshare.

This news makes the deal even more vital for Microsoft as losing Nokia could have signalled the end for Windows Phone with the number of handsets being released by other manufacturers dwindling. Microsoft insist they still want support from other manufacturers to produce Windows Phone devices but by bringing Nokia’s handset development in-house it looks like an Apple style approach of developing hardware and software to work together could be on the cards.

Lee

Lee

See more posts by Lee

Made in Africa: The Mara Group Releases Two New Android Devices

Made in Africa: The Mara Group Releases Two New Android Devices

The Mara Group have just become the first African smartphone manufacturer, having just released two new devices, the Mara X and the Mara Z.

The Google Pixel 4 Is Here

The Google Pixel 4 Is Here

The Google Pixel 4 series has officially been launched, and we will be telling you about all the features that Google are offering.

E-Waste Is Destroying Our Planet: Here Is What You Can Do to Break the Cycle

E-Waste Is Destroying Our Planet: Here Is What You Can Do to Break the Cycle

This International E-Waste Day, we discuss the importance of tackling e-waste on an individual level by sharing a few mindful practices to help you to close the loop.