BARCELONA, Spain—Even if the optics may be somewhat awkward, Nokia's embrace of Google's Android platform for its X family of phones was needed to fill a gap in Nokia's device portfolio, according to a top Nokia executive.
Nokia has unveiled three smartphones running a 'forked' version of Google's Android platform here at the Mobile World Congress trade show. Although the phones, the X, X+ and XL, had been rumored to be arriving since December, the news is still exceptionally notable because Nokia uses Microsoft's Windows Phone platform as its primary smartphone operating system and Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia's handset business in a $7.4 billion deal.
Nokia is thinking of combining its Nokia Solutions and Networks division with Juniper Networks to get a stronger foothold in the U.S. network equipment market, according to a report in Germany's Manager Magazin Online.
Smartphone maker HTC plans to privately demonstrate the first of its three planned wearable devices next week at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, according to a Bloomberg report.
Nokia teased an image ahead of its press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show next week, where it is expected to unveil phone running a" forked" version of Google's Android platform.
Samsung Electronics will debut a second version of its smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, next week, according to multiple reports. And according to several of those reports the watch will run on the Tizen operating system and not Android, as the first iteration of the Galaxy Gear does.
According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, which cited unnamed sources, Apple has much larger ambitions for future growth, and two areas that it seems intent on exploring are the automotive realm and medical devices.
Samsung Electronics might start selling its next flagship phone, expected to be called the Galaxy S5, for less than previous models in the Galaxy S line, after encouragement by at least one carrier, according to a Bloomberg report.
Nokia's rumored phone running a forked version of Google's Android platform, codenamed "Normandy," will retail for around $110, according to a Vietnamese retail site.
Unnamed sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that Microsoft is "seriously considering" allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone.