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Last week, we spoke about Nokia's "plan b" Android project which has been running long before the Microsoft acquisition negotiations even began. Since Microsoft has announced that it will be buying Nokia's devices business, there's widespread speculation that the Finnish company's Android project will be axed. Now, there are no confirmation, but rumors have it that Nokia has not abandoned the project as yet.
A handset, codenamed "Mountain View", is said to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8225Q processor and is being tested by Nokia's R& D team in Beijing. Foxconn, a leading OEM, has supposedly been contracted to build the device according to CTECHCN. The site also says that over 10,000 units have already been shipped.
And for all you Android fans who've wanted to see the OS on Nokia, here's the best part. Supposedly, Nokia will not shelve its Android project until the Microsoft purchase is approved by the company's shareholders at a general meeting set for November.
You're probably wondering what kind of price point Nokia will sell their Android phone at? The "Mountain View" device might just be a low-end handset that could replace the company's current Asha phones.
Nokia's contract with Microsoft ends during the end of 2014, which means that the company can't really bring out an Android phone until then. So if Nokia's Android plans for well, then we expect to see it at that time.
Since we're such big fans of the Android OS, we would love to see an Android based Nokia handset armed with one of those wonderful Pure View cameras.