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.
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.
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.
— Lumia US (@LumiaUS) October 31, 2014
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