Nokia has been one of the few device manufacturers whose build quality has been praised by many reviewers and users over the years. They began manufacturing Nokia Lumia devices after signing an agreement with Microsoft in February 2011. The devices were praised, once again, for their build quality but one complaint seemed to plague the devices – lack of applications. This led many developers to choose Android over Nokia’s Lumia and many have said that Nokia’s devices running on Android would be a dream come true.
Nokia’s foray into Android powered devices started with it’s budget device, the Nokia X which spawned its follow up Nokia X2. The device made the manufacturer more relevant once again, gaining sales in emerging markets and also appealing to those who were getting their first smartphone. The first Android powered Nokia devices were hard to resist with their sub RM 500 price tag and dual SIM capabilities. However, they were still criticized for their immensely forked versions of Android which imitated the design language of Microsoft’s own mobile operating system, Windows Phone.
It was thought that Lumia devices would remain a Windows Phone only device, but it seems like the Nokia X series was just the first step by Microsoft in their quest to enter the mobile market. According to popular tipster, @evleaks, the now Microsoft owned Nokia may be looking into releasing an Android powered Lumia device and soon. While details are scarce for now, we expect that the device will run Microsoft’s heavily forked version of Android that we see running on the Nokia X and will come with same Nokia branded App store and applications.
We’ll have more information as we get it. Keep an eye on the website for more info.