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Nokia to re-enter the smartphone market with an Android-powered flagship?

Microsoft has purchased Nokia’s “Devices & Services” unit, which means the software giant has the rights to sell Nokia-branded smartphones until 2016. However, a new report is claiming that the Finnish firm is working on a new flagship that runs Android.

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The news comes to us courtesy of Chinese-speaking MyDrivers. According to the site, Nokia’s N9 team is hard at work cooking up a smartphone running Android. If you don’t remember the N9 (pictured above), it was a unique handset running Nokia’s discontinued MeeGo OS.

Although Microsoft currently holds the rights to the Nokia brand, this doesn’t stop the Finnish firm from designing smartphones and having them built by other manufacturers. However, since Microsoft holds the rights to the Nokia brand, it’s possible that the Finnish firm will lift the lid on its Android flagship that does not bear the Nokia brand.

If this report is true, it conflicts with previous reports claiming that Nokia would wait 10 years to re-enter the smartphone market.

Update:

Nokia US took to it Twitter account to announce that it will be holding an event on the 17th of November. Perhaps the Finnish firm will shed more light on whether it plans to release an Android smartphone or not at the event.

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Microsoft confirms ‘Nokia Lumia’ to be rebranded as ‘Microsoft Lumia’

Microsoft has confirmed with The Verge that it will be dropping the Nokia brand in its handsets and will be replacing it with “Microsoft.” So future handsets will carry the brand “Microsoft Lumia” instead of current Windows Phone handsets that carry the “Nokia Lumia” branding.

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The Verge reports:

Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official. Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker. The name change follows a slow transition from Nokia.com over to Microsoft’s new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt “Microsoft Lumia” for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks.

What’s still unclear is how the Redmond firm plans to carry this out. Will its upcoming phones have the Microsoft branding in place of where the Nokia branding use to be, or if the handsets will simply show Lumia at the back and front of the device. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Apple iPhone 6, HTC One (M8), new Motorola Moto X, Nokia Lumia 1020, and others subjected to same bend test

YouTube channel UnboxTherapy subjected the Apple iPhone 6 Plus to a bend test and revealed that the 5.5-inch smartphone pretty fragile. Now it has subjected more smartphones to the same bend test. These smartphones include the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the HTC One (M8), the new Motorola Moto X, the Nokia Lumia 1020, and others. So will these smartphones bend just like the iPhone 6 Plus? Let’s find out.

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Leaked photos seemingly confrim Microsoft’s plans of dropping ‘Phone’ from ‘Windows Phone’

According to previous reports, Microsoft is planning to drop the “Phone” from its “Windows Phone” branding. This means that the Redmond firms mobile platform will simply be called “Windows” just like its PC platform. Now, Neowin has gotten its hands on leaked photos that seemingly confirms the software giant’s said plan.

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Of course, since this anything but official, take it with a pinch of salt.

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Microsoft to ditch ‘Windows Phone’ and ‘Nokia’ branding

GeekonGadgets has gotten its hands on an “internal document” from Microsoft, revealing the software giant’s plans of ditching the “Windows Phone” and “Nokia” brands entirely.

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According to the site, Microsoft is planning to stop using these brands after the launch of the Nokia Lumia 730 and Lumia 830. Devices to be launched after these two smartphones will bear named “Microsoft Lumia.” Furthermore, “Windows Phone” will be changed to just “Windows.”

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