Nokia Corp. plans to release this month a smartphone that runs a
version of Google Inc.’s Android mobile software, according to
people familiar with the matter, as it concludes the sale of its
handset business to Microsoft Corp.
Nokia engineers had been developing the Android phone when
Microsoft was conducting due diligence on its €5.4 billion ($7.4
billion) deal to buy the Nokia handset business and license the
company’s patents. The Android phone was aimed at emerging market
customers, and has been tailored in a way that won’t promote some
of the key Google-developed features that a more traditional
Android-powered phone might, these people said.
Interesting to see what this turns out to be.