The Guardian has reported that cellphone major Nokia is developing a handset that runs on the open-source Android platform and that the touchscreen device will be unveiled at the Nokia World event in September. The article cites “industry insiders” without naming sources, which means the authenticity could swing either way and with the dwindling market share, it is believed that Nokia could turn to Android to gain the Smartphone market share.
While no clear and direct evidence corroborates with the rumour, the claim comes just after Nokia and Intel have signed a partnership to produce a new kind of device beyond its typical lineup. It also follows a hearsay that Nokia is planning an Android netbook, hinting that the company may have already reduced its dependence on in-house operating systems by declining to use its own Maemo Linux interface.
Nokia, which makes roughly four out of every 10 mobile phones sold, has been losing out in the market for phones that can access the internet, send emails and download third-party applications, to products such as the Apple iPhone and BlackBerry Storm. The Android software platform, meanwhile, has been gaining ground with over half a dozen handsets expected to be available by the end of the year.
Gadget fans have already hacked one of Nokia’s existing devices, the N810 internet tablet, so it can run the Android system but the new device is expected to fully integrate the Android platform.
via Guardian/Electronista & Cnet
The world’s top cellphone maker Nokia said on Monday it was not working on introducing a phone running on Google’s Android operating system.
British daily The Guardian said on Monday the Finnish mobile phone maker was understood by industry insiders to be developing a smartphone that runs on Google’s Android software, to be introduced in September.
“Absolutely no truth to this whatsoever,” said a Nokia spokesman.
Google’s Android is a rival to Nokia’s Symbian software.
“Everyone knows that Symbian is our preferred platform for advanced mobile devices.”