A report by the New York Times suggests that Nokia was considering the option to switch mobile operating systems from Windows Phone to Android which would have occurred in the later part of 2014. The partnership deal between Microsoft and Nokia lasts until 2014 after which Nokia can decide whether to continue using the Windows Phone environment or shift to Android.
Before Microsoft officially acquired Nokia for $7.2 billion a team of engineers at the phone company have already been testing and were able to successfully run Android on some Lumia models. The engineers responsible for the project said that getting Android to run on Lumia models wasn’t that hard.
Two people who wished to remain anonymous said that the project was kept confidential however executives from Microsoft were aware of it.
The move of Nokia to consider Android isn’t shocking at all since companies usually have back up plans. This would have been used in case the company needed to shift strategies. It may have also served as a powerful bargaining tool, however tipsters say that the possible switch was not mentioned in the acquisition discussions. Right now the only major partner Microsoft has that makes Windows Phone models is Nokia and if the phone company were to abandon WP then this would have been a big blow for Microsoft.
Microsoft and Nokia have not commented on this report yet.
Microsoft reached a deal in 2011 for Nokia to use their Windows Phone operating system in their smartphones. The deal however had a clause where Nokia would be able to end the partnership by 2014. A lot of people criticized this partnership saying that Nokia would have been better off if the company chose Android.
As for the future of the Nokia Android project it looks like it wouldn’t progress any further. By the time Microsoft finishes the acquisition of Nokia, which is expected to happen early next year, the project will probably be scrapped.