The past few weeks have been home to some weird news on Nokia, we have seen numerous prototypes of Android low-end smartphones and even an Android tablet, pointing to the Finnish company looking into the Android platform before the Microsoft acquisition.
According to a new rumor from Chinese publication C Technology, Nokia has moved on from the Android platform, at least in the smartphone and tablet markets. The company is now focusing their attention on wearables and smart glasses, two areas ripe for exploration.
The report also says Nokia’s Android plans and vibrant side are based in the part that will not move to Microsoft, even though the split company will not be able to build any smartphones or tablets until 2015, unless Microsoft makes another deal in the two year wait.
It looks more and more like Microsoft made this $8 billion acquisition out of fear and desperation, after finding out Nokia was planning to skip away from the Windows Phone only contract to a more lucrative double-edged partnership with both Android and Windows Phone.
Microsoft may look to work on the Android project with Nokia, but we cannot see it being the same as it was previously. Microsoft will likely want all their services integrated, removing the core function of Google’s Android OS in the first place: their store.
The wearables project is an interesting idea, we have seen some odd “smart” patents flying around in the past few months from both Nokia and Microsoft, but the smart glasses is in Google’s ball park for now and every other company looks like they are just following the trail.
Nokia will still be a company when the acquisition is finished, but they will not be able to make smartphones. That mechanical side is being moved to Microsoft and the software side is staying primarily in Finland.