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Nokia to Debut Android Phone, Says WSJ

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Feb 10, 2014, 2:17 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Nokia plans to announce a smartphone later this month running Google's Android operating system, rather than Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The device, reports The Wall Street Journal, was already under development when Microsoft made its bid to buy Nokia's handset business, a transaction that has yet to close. Nokia's Android phone is meant to target emerging markets and will run a modified version of Android that will not feature the Google Play Store. Instead, the phone will come with Nokia's own application store and apps, such as HERE Maps, and Mix Radio. The device is expected to make an appearance at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, according to the Journal's unnamed sources. Nokia did not confirm the Journal's report.


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Doom Wolf

Feb 10, 2014, 2:49 PM

Sweet Baby Jesus!

If they can fit that beautyful 41MP camera with Nokia software and a HD res screen I'll make sure to get it!
WOW. I wonder what kind of specs we will see. I love the quality of Nokia with the Lumia line of phones. :3

Feb 10, 2014, 4:16 PM

Low spec phone...

Hmmm....let's see

What about future OS updates? I don't see this phone being updated outside of flashing it, which seems like a lot of effort for a low end phone. Even if you could get a more current Android OS to run on it, it probably will not run very well, because of OS requirements. Despite what people may say about android being able to run their current OS on any hardware, it is not going to run well on these phones.

The other issue is that the services that will be installed on the phone already will probably not run on a flashed version of android, anyway. The way I see it, buy the phone for what it is and call it a day. This move is most likely to introduce MS and Nokia services and apps in low end markets, with the idea tha...
The problem with Windows Phone isn't the OS itself....the OS itself is very good, very intuitive and usable, and very stable....the problem with Windows Phone is a lack of apps, and the biggest obstacle to Windows Phone getting enough apps is the catc...

Feb 10, 2014, 9:02 PM

What a day!

First the Sprint/T-Mo deal possibly not going through and now Nokia debuting an Android device??? Couldn't get any better!
It is for 'emerging markets' and will likely never be released in N America or Europe, and once the acquisition by Microsoft kicks in, they will never create another one.

So don't get too excited.
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