News by Luke Jones on Monday July 07, 2014.
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Nokia surprised us all when it released an Android smartphone earlier in the year, after-all this was a company so heavily entrenched in Windows Phone that it had been purchased by Microsoft. Redmond has since taken the keys for Nokia's devices and services divisions and it seems Microsoft is eager to continue the brands foray into Android.The Android devices from Nokia released earlier this year were budget standalone handsets in a newly created X range. All of these smartphones were competent, but the truth is they were very much oriented towards the entry level. Microsoft's Android plans for Nokia go beyond the budget price point though and the company will even extend the Lumia brand to its rival platform. According to serial tipster Evleaks, Microsoft will release an Android running Lumia device in the near future, with the Nokia by Microsoft moniker in tow. That almost definitely means that any Android Lumia would carry better specs than the X series of budget devices currently available. Of course, it is entirely possible that Microsoft just takes an existing Lumia device and redresses it with Android. The company is unlikely to choose a flagship bothering handset, but maybe a legacy device like the Lumia 920 could serve as inspiration for a mid-range Android smartphone. It is worth noting that the rumours could be false and we will never see the Lumia brand over on Android, but considering Microsoft's cooled stance on cross platform play we think it could be some truth here. Redmond was once against cross platform use, but the company has eased its stance recently, no doubt knowing that getting its products and services on the more popular Android platform could help Windows in the future. Certainly, with Windows Phone doing well but still only in a limited amount of pockets and hands, a chance for consumers to get their hands on a Lumia for the wildly popular Android could help to show off how good Nokia's devices are. Microsoft would be hoping that firstly any Lumia for Android would become a sales hit in its own right, but more than that the company wants people to like the handset enough to choose Nokia, Microsoft, and Windows Phone in the future. source: BGR