Rumor: Nokia to release Android-powered Lumia handset

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When Nokia broke its firm stance on never creating an Android device with the release of the Nokia X, the hearts of Android fans everywhere stirred slightly. While the budget friendly X was itself nothing quite worthy of writing home about, the release seemingly left open the possibility that we could see a truly great Nokia device running Google’s mobile OS. Nokia, naturally, fervently denied that they would be deploying anything but the Windows Phone platform on any of their flagship devices. Will the Microsoft-owned company backtrack on this position, as well?

According to the internet’s favorite leak sleuth, yes. With no corroborating evidence, the claim is that Nokia/Microsoft Mobile will release a Lumia device (the branding typically reserved for Nokia’s high-end flagship devices) running Android. What a complete 360 that would be.

Now, we know next to nothing about the project, which means we should put very little faith in this particular rumor for the time being. If the device is indeed real it raises many questions. Will Nokia/Microsoft continue to employ the heavily modified version of Android found on the Nokia X line? How will the phone be distinguished from its Windows Phone counterparts?

One thing is certain: if the phone were to come to fruition we have reason to believe it could be the closest thing to the Nokia Android smartphone we have long hoped for. While the implementation of the OS could be questionable, it would be hard to deny Nokia’s penchant for producing smartly designed, well-built handsets. And that’s something Android fans everywhere have been lusting after almost as long as the operating system has existed.

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