The other day according to a report, Nokia had allegedly been testing an Android device prior to Microsoft announcing their acquisition plans. It had been thought at that time that Nokia had since stopped experimenting with Android, but according to a new report, it seems that the experimentation was still going on. In fact it seems that the device had made it to prototype stages and Foxconn had even manufactured about 10,000 units of said device, although we don’t think this was to sell but perhaps to distribute internally for testing.
The Android device, according to the report, is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 8225Q chip and was built and tested by Nokia’s Beijing R&D team. It seems that the experimenting with Android is expected to continue and the project will only be cancelled once the Microsoft and Nokia deal is finalized later on this year. We doubt Microsoft wants to roll out any Android devices anytime soon, but we guess exploring the possibilities even if it’s just a prototype can’t hurt, right? Not to mention it is also possible that Microsoft wanted to acquire Nokia to prevent such a thing from happening because losing their number 1 Windows Phone partner is definitely not good for the platform, although we have to admit that we are curious as to what a Nokia Android device might look like.