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Nokia plans forked Android smartphone for Barcelona unveiling

Matt Hamblen | Feb. 11, 2014
Nokia plans to announce an Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In the past two years, Google has been increasingly criticized for allowing too much Android fragmentation across the many Android vendors.

Unlike the planned Nokia phone, Samsung is certified with the Open Handset Alliance, along with ZTE, Lenovo and Alcatel Lucent, and all give users of their devices access to the Google Play store and its apps. If Google was upset over Samsung's Magazine UX, it might be expected to be even more concerned with forked Android devices.

Or maybe not. "I don't see why Google would be unhappy about Nokia making an Android phone," Gold said. "It's a vindication of their market strategy — play from low end to high end and everywhere in between."

The Android phone from Nokia was in the works before Microsoft moved to buy Nokia last year, which raises a big question, Gold said. "It will be interesting to see if Microsoft, after the acquisition, kills the Android devices," he said.

Most analysts think Microsoft won't kill a Nokia Android phone, but stranger things have happened in the wildly competitive smartphone world.


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