Microsoft Might Launch an Android Phone?!

There have been plenty of leaks suggesting that Nokia  (NYSE: NOK  ) has an Android phone in the works, known as Project Normandy. This rumored device would run a heavily modified, or forked, version of Android, and remove all of Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) services. It would target the low end that's currently being addressed by the Asha lineup. Asha has seen some modest success but uses an aging operating system, so using a newer OS could help. Nokia is reportedly going "full steam ahead" with launching this device in 2014.

With Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) looking to close its acquisition of Nokia's devices business early next year, you'd think that Microsoft would want to scrap the device immediately since Android competes directly with Windows Phone. However, Microsoft might still be considering letting the device launch since it could acquire low-end customers in Bing and Skype and other Microsoft services. If the platform looks nothing like Android and has no ties to Google, it doesn't matter that it's technically based on Android so long as Microsoft can better address the low-end segment.

In this segment of Tech Teardown, Erin Kennedy discusses Microsoft's rumored phone with Evan Niu, CFA, our tech and telecom bureau chief.

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  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2013, at 6:09 AM, Videnak wrote:

    Very unlikely. Why on the Earth would MSFT promore Android? Asha (low end Lumia) has its own proprietary OS and could fight with Android. Alternatively, MSFT can launch some "WP8 Light" with no functionality at all to get the same result.

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2013, at 11:12 AM, KenLuskin wrote:

    WHY?

    BECAUSE MSFT can strip out ALL the links to google services and replace with MSFT services: MAPS, SKYPE, BING, etc.

    BECAUSE Android has more APPS than Windows phone, which will make the phone attractive NOW, while MSFT is still building its own App store.

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