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Nokia could release an Android-powered smartphone later this month

Nokia will soon release its first Android smartphone
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Industry insiders say Nokia will unveil a smartphone powered by a custom Android version at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month.

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Nokia engineers were already working on the company's first Android phone when last September's $7.4 billion deal with Microsoft was struck and it was almost certain that this project would never be completed. Fortunately for Nokia and Android fans, the Finnish smartphone maker could unveil its first handset powered by Google's mobile OS in less than two weeks, revealed sources familiar with the matter.

According to the insiders quoted by The Wall Street Journal, this Nokia handset that will compete with the company's own Windows-powered smartphones will be "tailored in a way that won’t promote some of the key Google-developed features that a more traditional Android-powered phone might." It is not known if Microsoft was involved in this decision, but Nokia seems to be forking Android and the result will be a custom firmware without Google Play Store compatibility.

For example, standard Google Android apps like Gmail and Maps will be replaced by Nokia and Microsoft proprietary pieces of code, including the Here map service and the Mix Radio music service, previously known as Nokia Music. In the long run, it would not be a surprise to see a Microsoft Store for Android devices or at least a Nokia-branded Play Store.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-02-11 (Update: 2014-02-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.