Nokia to unveil low-cost Android phone, report says

SEATTLE Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:03am IST

A photo illustration of a man silhouetted against a Nokia logo in the central Bosnian town of Zenica January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

A photo illustration of a man silhouetted against a Nokia logo in the central Bosnian town of Zenica January 23, 2014.

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Nokia (NOK1V.HE) will unveil a low-cost smartphone running a version of Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Android operating system, despite the company's close partnership with Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and its competing Windows system, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The handset division of the Finnish company, which is in the final stages of being acquired by Microsoft, will show off the new phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month, the report said on Monday, citing unidentified sources who were familiar with the matter.

Nokia and Microsoft declined to comment.

The new Android phone will be aimed at emerging markets and will not feature some of Google's higher-end, custom Android features.

Microsoft and its main handset partner Nokia have struggled to make an impression in the smartphone market dominated by Samsung's (005930.KS) Android devices and Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPhone.

According to technology research firm, Strategy Analytics, 79 percent of smartphones shipped worldwide last year ran on Android, 15 percent were iPhones running Apple's iOS and only 4 percent ran Windows Phone software.

(Reporting by Bill Rigby in Seattle; Additional reporting by Ritsuko Ando in Helsinki; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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EndsorMeans wrote:
NOKIA HOW I LOVE THEE or PUTTING A FINGER ON THE SITUATION

(A brief dissertation on just what to expect as a Nokia consumer/investor…)

Hehee. harumph..(trying for a serious face here though you can’t see it.)

Unbeknownst to the general public…. recently …very quietly… Nokia deleted critical core utilities of the o.s.’s which enabled their loyal followers and users of the n770, n800, n810, and more recent n900 device line to ACTUALLY do ANYTHING with their devices.
A despicably low and mean act to take upon loyal and paying customers.
STILL paying customers at that.
These devices …some almost a decade old now…are still a viable and unique device line people are STILL seeking and purchasing… in fact.
For what oblique reasons they have …only they know….what possible threat such an old and odd device line could have to the giant Nokia is…only they know
…their customers only found out about this…amputation…this hatchet job ….when suddenly said critical files were simply gone from available downloads…..
For such low behaviour …I say …Shame!

And now for something not so completely different :D
Lovely article …Nokia and Microsoft creating an Android phone.

WAIT! Hear that sound?…I think it is the sound of Hell itself freezing over, pigs taking wing, and lions cavorting with lambs.
I really never would have dreamt THIS in a million years.

To add to the hilarity it hasn’t escaped attention of many… that the blissfully content silhouetted figure in the above Nokia photo… appears to be (to use the vernacular…) “…Flipping us all the Bird..” heheee
I’m sorry …my bad…this IS supposed to be a SERIOUS article after all…I would hope the “finger” in question is actually a phone or marital aid or anything BUT the “finger”!

but really folks …silhouettes…smoke and mirrors… shadowy corporate figures giving the unknowing viewer “the finger” is more ominous a portent than you can imagine.

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