According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Nokia will release a cheap smartphone running a version of Google Inc’s Android operating system, despite the company’s partnership with Microsoft Corp.
Nokia will showcase the new smartphone at the Mobile World
Congress in Barcelona later this month, the report said on Monday, citing unidentified sources who were familiar with the matter.
The new Android phone will be aimed at emerging markets and will not feature some of Google’s
higher-end, custom Android features.
Samsung’s Android devices
and Apple Inc’s iPhone has dominated the smartphone market, Nokia will have to manufacture a unique device to make an impression in the smartphone market.
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.