Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Jul 2014 15:59 UTC
Microsoft

While most leaks concerning the Lumia series fall under the purview of Windows Phone, a recent rumor by @evleaks suggests that Microsoft may be considering launching a Lumia branded handset that runs on Android.

There is no further information regarding the handset, when Microsoft intends to launch it. Nokia had previously launched Android powered handsets under the X series, but those devices ran a forked version of Android with Nokia's own digital store in lieu of Google's services.

Do Lumias running Android exist? No doubt. Will they actually make it onto shelves? Honestly, I don't think anybody knows for sure at this point. The Nokia X is weird enough as it is, and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Microsoft releasing an Android Lumia. If they do, however, the real question is going to be if it'll come with the suite of Google applications, or with nothing but Microsoft services - greatly reducing its usefulness, at least here in the west.

I'd be very interested in a Lumia running Android, but only if it's got Google services. I don't think we need another Frankendroid.

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why ?
by Lennie on Mon 7th Jul 2014 17:45 UTC
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

Why would Microsoft release something running an other operating system ?

If you can't answer that, I doubt it is going to happen.

Edited 2014-07-07 17:45 UTC

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RE: why ?
by leech on Mon 7th Jul 2014 17:59 in reply to "why ?"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Why not, they sell keyboards, mice and joysticks without any OS. Phones are just hardware with an OS attached.

Then again, it is MS, so... I don't see this happening, unless they try to make it extra crappy, so to give Android a bad name.

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RE: why ?
by WereCatf on Mon 7th Jul 2014 17:59 in reply to "why ?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Why would Microsoft release something running an other operating system ?


Because their own OS isn't selling so hot?

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RE[2]: why ?
by avgalen on Mon 7th Jul 2014 23:08 in reply to "RE: why ?"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Nobody is selling their mobile OS anymore. (actually, the latest Desktop OS-ses have also been free updates)

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RE[2]: why ?
by jockm on Tue 8th Jul 2014 07:02 in reply to "RE: why ?"
jockm Member since:
2012-12-22

Personally I am not convinced that had Nokia gone Android (or N9) they would be doing much better than the ~4% market share that Windows Phone gets them.

The Android Marketplace it pretty crowded and may be headed for a shakeup (just my personal prediction). They would have been a small fish in a very large pond playing catchup.

At the rate they were hemorrhaging money and users I don't know if they could have survived to get a foothold...

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RE: why ?
by mistersoft on Mon 7th Jul 2014 18:00 in reply to "why ?"
mistersoft Member since:
2011-01-05

To satisfy different markets or market segments.


And why would they release a dual-boot -- mostly to satisfy me! (why I said I know it's unlikely) - but there's definately a market that would like WP for the design, maybe even for some of MS services - I quite like their maps and integration for instance -- but I've only played with others WP phones, I don't think I'd buy one. I'd almost certain get one if they could run android for the app breadth (as a secondary OS). I reckon Google are probably even confidant enough these days, they might let them do it! maaaybe. MS wouldn't dare though.... ;)

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RE[2]: why ?
by przemo_li on Tue 8th Jul 2014 15:35 in reply to "RE: why ?"
przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

We had many dual-boot devices anounced some moths ago.

No release as of yet.

Google and MS do not want such thing to happen.

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RE: why ?
by tkeith on Mon 7th Jul 2014 18:17 in reply to "why ?"
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

Ummm....
http://www.nokia.com/global/products/nokia-x/

But they can't release a Lumia with Android, not everyone is done eating their crow from the Nokia X.

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RE: why ?
by glarepate on Mon 7th Jul 2014 18:59 in reply to "why ?"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Why would Microsoft release something running an other operating system ?

If you can't answer that, I doubt it is going to happen.



Your point is moot. As @tkeith has noted -- "They already did,Peg!"

It's called the X2 and it was released after the takeover of Devices and Services and before any other new phones from MSFT.

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RE: why ?
by nagerst on Mon 7th Jul 2014 20:48 in reply to "why ?"
nagerst Member since:
2013-11-07

They used to be the largest UNIX vendor outside of AT&T once with Xenix you know.....

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RE[2]: why ?
by Lennie on Mon 7th Jul 2014 21:48 in reply to "RE: why ?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I'm not saying they aren't making money on Android right now (the patent money they currently get on per unit sold).

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RE: why ?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 7th Jul 2014 21:51 in reply to "why ?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Because they already make more money off of Android patent licensing than they do from Lumia?

So, if they make android phones, they can produce them at a cheaper cost than their competitors ( because those competitors are paying Microsoft a fee. ).

At some point, Microsoft is just going to lose its pride and just start doing what makes shareholders the most money, weather that upholds the sanctity of their operating systems or not.

Edited 2014-07-07 21:51 UTC

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