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Behind Microsoft Deal, the Specter of a Nokia Android Phone
Posted: 14-Sep-2013 [Source: New York Times]

[Nokia had Android up and running on Lumina handsets before negotiating Microsoft's acquisition, according to this report. ]

Nick Wingfield -- "Before Microsoft reached a deal to buy Nokia’s phone business, there was a possibility that Nokia could have switched its smartphones to Google’s Android operating system sometime after late 2014.

"And now, it is clear that a Nokia Android phone was more than a possibility. It was real.

"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."

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