Nokia has already planted their mark on Android OS, bringing the Nokia X range to the market as a low-cost Android smartphone. This could only be the start for Nokia, with new leaks claiming the next Nokia Lumia will run Android OS.
This is an odd announcement, but then again so was the Nokia X when it was first announced. After Microsoft acquired Nokia for $7.2 billion, it was expected they would focus heavily on Windows Phone, but it looks the other way around.
The Nokia Lumia line has been running Windows Phone OS for the longest time. It is the range for both high and low-end Nokia smartphones, the most popular being the low-end Lumia 520 and 521, taking around 50 percent of Nokia smartphone sales.
Nokia’s low-end Android phones appear to be doing well in the market too, with 1 million pre-orders in China and the number one best seller on India’s Flipkart. There has been no news on Europe or the US, but at least its doing well in some markets.
We are not sure what the result of the Nokia Lumia phone running Android OS will be, it will most likely be another low-end smartphone, similar to the Lumia 520, running Android instead of Windows Phone, unless Nokia are feeling adventurous.
Most of Nokia’s revenue comes from low-end markets however and it would be odd for them to announce a high-end Android OS Lumia phone, considering their own Windows Phone devices do not have much market share against the iPhone and Galaxy S.
Microsoft might have plans for Android, just like Windows Phone, in order to fulfil these plans they need smartphones on the market running Android.
Right now the highly customised skin might work as incentive to buy a Windows Phone device, but it isn’t a sure thing and we have no idea how many users will turn to Windows Phone for their next device.