A day after Nokia saw its first Windows Phone 7 handset leaked online, images of a Nokia handset running Google’s Android operating system has hit the web sparking a flurry of rumours of an upcoming partnership with the search giant.
Once again sporting a remarkably similar form factor to the recently unveiled Nokia N9 MeeGo handset, the unnamed, far from confirmed, Android touting handset has landed just months after Nokia confirmed it was to team up with Microsoft to be a key provider of Windows Phone 7 handsets. No specs or further hardware details for the mystery handset have been made available.
With the first Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices set to be released in the UK around October to coincide with Microsoft’s rollout of the Windows Phone 7 Mango software update, the leak of the tester Android device follows reports that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop admitted his company had briefly contemplated moving to Android in order to save its dwindling smartphone sales.
Leaked in a video recording of an internal Nokia unveiling the company’s first Windows Phone 7 outed yesterday was described by Elop as brandishing “gorilla glass” and a “pillowed shaped back.”
Despite the clear video, a Nokia spokesperson in an interview with T3 said of the leak: “"It’s our policy not to comment on rumours or market speculation – but we can tell you that we’re excited about with the progress we’re making on Nokia with Windows Phone and look forward to the day that we can share it with the world.”