American software giant, Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch Android powered Lumia series smartphone soon.
Earlier this year, there were speculations that Microsoft might kill the Android OS based Nokia X smartphone series soon after the acquisition of the Finnish company, but to everyone's surprise, the company unveiled the Nokia X successor in June.
Now, a report has surfaced online (courtesy @evleaks), saying that the Redmond based firm is also contemplating to incorporate Google OS (most probably a tweaked version) in its flagship Lumia brand, which have been running on the Windows Phone OS since their inception.
Big news: Android-powered Lumia incoming, from Nokia by Microsoft - http://t.co/KKLstDDVVO
— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 7, 2014
As of now, there are no details regarding the name of the Microsoft device or its specifications. This report may make some fans to believe that one day they might see a pure Android powered Nokia phones, but when seen in Microsoft's perspective, it's not likely to happen any time soon.
Currently, Nokia X series runs on the tweaked version of the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) OS. Besides Android branding, the software flaunts tile based Metro UI seen in the Windows Phone OS powered Lumia phones, but they don't even support any of the Google apps likes maps, browser, Play store, instead it is integrated with Nokia based Here maps, City lens, Windows Phone store and browsers.
Though the rumors of Android powered Lumia phone are running wild on the Internet, Microsoft is yet to respond. Until the company clears the air over the rumors, this report will remain as pure speculations only.
In related news, Microsoft has begun rolling out the new Windows Phone v8.1 OS update (Lumia Cyan) to Lumia smartphones (only Windows Phone 8 based devices) in select markets - Spain, Finland, Taiwan, Thailand and others, reported WP Central.
Since the roll-out is carried out in phases, it will take some time to cover the whole global regions.
The new Lumia Cyan update is said to have Creative Studio app, Bluetooth 4.0 LE support, more display control options and much more.
Check out the official Microsoft video detailing the Windows Phone v8.1 features;