9/16/2013 10:48:36 AM
Nokia 'tested Android handset before Microsoft deal'
Nokia had a prototype handset running the Android operating system, before it was taken over by Windows Phone partner Microsoft.
According to a report in The New York Times, an in-house team at Nokia ran the Google OS on Lumia handsets. Microsoft is understood to have been aware of the project although both it and Nokia refused to comment on reports.
Nokia had been urged by some to develop handsets running Android after it signed a deal with Microsoft to run the Windows Phone platform on its devices in 2011. Windows Phone accounts for 9.2% of UK smartphone sales, far behind Android's share of 55.2%.
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it was buying Nokia in a deal worth €5.4bn.
Author: Matthew Campelli