Tietokone magazine writes that Nokia had a number of Android projects – Microsoft was in trouble. That was the final reason for Microsoft to buy Nokia’s phone business.
Nokia was running several Android projects on both Lumia models and Asha phones, reveals the New York Times and The Verge sources. So Nokia had already been active in the Android project, and it also had a surprisingly broad. Nokia could have released Android phones towards the end of 2014.
Information may be Microsoft and Nokia’s marketing a new light. Microsoft was getting into a bad situation. Nokia was frustrated with Microsoft’s ability to bring Windows Phone for lower price so it began to test the use of Android in the Asha models. Microsoft was aware of Nokia’s Android project and Android projects made Nokia the more interesting in buying other companies. This confirms the view expressed in the past that Microsoft began to run low on options. If Nokia would have moved to Android, it would have meant the death of Microsoft’s more than 15 years of telephone projects.
For more background on this check the comments on my earlier Microsoft to buy Nokia’s phone business posting. There you can find links and excepts from many articles that touch this topic.
The story of Android developments done inside Nokia might not end with Microsoft buying, because some Android developers from Nokia are putting up a new company called Newkia. They might try something similar to what Meego developers did with Jolla company that develops Sailfish OS smartphone that can run Android applications.