From London’s Guardian, we get this surprising report: Nokia, (recent) full owner of Symbian, is making an Android touchscreen phone, set for unveiling at a conference in September. This rumour! It’s strange!
It’s not just that the rumour if totally out of left field—and besides, baseball lingo probably isn’t appropriate for a British story about a Finnish company—it’s that, on the surface, it just doesn’t seem like a Nokia. First and foremost, we’ve got the issue of Symbian, Nokia’s still-developed-though-kinda-old-seeming OS, which they finally fully gobbled up last year in a multi-hundred-million dollar deal, and for which they’ve just opened a brand-new app store called Ovi.
Then we’ve got these rumours about what the announced Nokia/Intel collaboration could possibly be. Many people see a tablet with an alleged in-house OS called Maemo Harmattan—odd and mysterious, sure, but decidedly not Android. In fact, it’s hard to see where, if anywhere, Android could fit into this rumour.
The fact that one rumour about a company doesn’t match up with another doesn’t usually mean anything, but given the latter story’s surprising nature and proximity to the other, as well as the Guardian’s limited track record in the tech rumour space, I’m inclined to think that maybe we’re seeing some conflation (and distortion) of theories here.
But who knows! Just about every other company in the world is dipping a toe in the Androidian ooze despite prior investments and history with Windows Mobile, so why should Nokia let its past keep it from enjoying the profits fun? It’s possible, but I’d count it a bit dubious for now. [The Guardian via GigaOm]