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Rumor: Nokia Android smartphone, tablet plans ditched in favor of wearables, smart glasses

A new report says that Nokia has ditched its Android smartphone and tablet plans in order to focus on wearables and smart glasses.
December 17, 2013
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Remember that rumored Nokia Android phone that was said to be still in the making, despite Microsoft’s intentions of purchasing the mobile division of the Finnish company? Well, a new report now says otherwise.

The often-accurate Chinese publication C Technology has spoken with insiders who claim that Nokia’s head UI design Peter Skillman has ditched the Android smartphone and tablet development plans in order to focus on other products including wearable devices and smart glasses that may be launched in 2015 or later.

In addition to the leaked prototype we’ve seen recently, it appears that Nokia has been developing more handset models and also a 7-inch Android tablet, if the report is to be believed. Interestingly, Microsoft did not directly intervene to stop Nokia’s Android plans, although the move is likely related to the upcoming Microsoft purchase.

Nokia’s Android plans reportedly belonged to the Nokia CTO office, which will not move to Microsoft once the purchase is completed. Even so, Nokia would not be able to make any smartphones or tablets for two-years following the deal with Microsoft.

However, wearable devices and smart glasses may still be produced by Nokia under its name, although there’s nothing official on such devices, so don’t get too excited about it just yet. And who’s to say Nokia will not make any kind of smartphones in the years following its deal with Microsoft?