Nokia still working on Android phone, won’t cancel until November. Foxconn already made 10K prototypes

Over the weekend New York Times and The Verge reported that before they decided to sell mobile business to Microsoft, Nokia was working on a cheap Android phone codenamed “Mountain View” as a “Plan B” – if they failed to break through with Windows Phone.

Today Chinese site and Weibo account CTechnology, with a pretty good track record of China based smartphone leaks, has more details about this cheap Nokia Android.

The device, based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8225Q chip,  was being developed and tested by Nokia’s Beijing based R&D team, and was already at somewhat advanced prototype stage. In fact, before the announcement of sale, Foxconn has already manufactured and delivered a batch of more than 10 000 prototype Mountain View units.

And now for the most interesting part. Mountain View development hasn’t stopped just yet. Foxconn is still making more of them, Beijing based Nokia R&D teams are still working on it, and the project will not be cancelled until/if Nokia shareholders approve Microsoft deal at General Meeting in November.

Nokia Android Lumia Mountain View

This is not a real Nokia Android. Just some good fan art

Though the likelihood of Nokia mobile business buyout not going through is extremely low, stranger things have happened. And with tensions between Nokia and Microsoft surfacing already, nothing is guaranteed 100%, until it finally happens.

So there still might be a teeny-tiny hope for all of you who pined for Nokia Androids, and felt that Microsoft deal was  the betrayal of everything Nokia stood for.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • lol

    God I hope they don’t go android. I’m already on my 3rd 920. This phone heats up like a microwave. Imagine what it would be like with a cluster OS like android. no thank you

  • lol

    God I hope they don’t go android. I’m already on my 3rd 920. This phone heats up like a microwave. Imagine what it would be like with a cluster OS like android. no thank you

  • lol

    God I hope they don’t go android. I’m already on my 3rd 920. This phone heats up like a microwave. Imagine what it would be like with a cluster OS like android. no thank you

  • lol

    God I hope they don’t go android. I’m already on my 3rd 920. This phone heats up like a microwave. Imagine what it would be like with a cluster OS like android. no thank you

  • lol

    God I hope they don’t go android. I’m already on my 3rd 920. This phone heats up like a microwave. Imagine what it would be like with a cluster OS like android. no thank you

  • Caprico

    Elop is such a huge idiot. Yeah Symbian was getting old, but Nokia had MeeGo & Meltemi – two revolutionary platforms! Just look at the success of MeeGo – despite Elop trying to kill it and make it almost unusable for the typical smartphone users.

    But no they had to use crappy Windows Phone, destroy all their own projects and now even think of Android. What the heck!

  • Ben A

    yep crappy windows phone you call. since you have not tried one. so shut up. you are the idiot who clearly don’t know shit about business works. Meego was a fail, Symbian was dying. windows phone is the one that boosted nokia and saved nokia from burning, Microsoft brought them because of their success on windows phone, android what, that piece of malware crap. please get real about unusable for typical smartphone owners, since you don’t know what they want. you can say all the shit about elop and Microsoft and windows phone, your comments are getting old. passed expiry date (so 2011).

  • Greeboman

    Noone cares about Meego and Meltemi. Just like noone cares about Jolla, FirefoxOS, Ubuntu mobile etc. About Google, you keep forgetting the billions of investment in Navteq and maps that Nokia would have to throw away in case it went with Google. Noone except Microsoft NEEDED Nokia. And without Microsoft, Nokia would just sink into obscurity. Play those scenarios in your head for a bit and you will come to the same conclusions. And about “crappy” Windows Phone, well, I don’t seem to agree with you. If anything deserves the title of crappy, it would be something that doesn’t function properly, is not at all elegant and polished and it is badly put together. You keep using these word but I don’t think they mean what you think they mean.

  • tomakali

    Well Said…
    what if Apple uses android? its a serious degradation to the brand quality of Apple.
    So it is to the Nokia.
    Nokia and WP are synonymous in “quality”
    Nokia already won with WP.
    looking at the features of WP blue… it will surely be a huge win for Nokia to stick with WP.
    Its better Nokia to try BBOS than android…

  • chok

    No one cared about windows phone before nokia jumped in. they could have started fresh with Meego/meltimi just like they did with WP.

    AND they wouldn’t be hindered with MS crap like that 1 year waste of time that was WP7. Edit: or the other year were MS were setting on their behinds while nokia provided new features for WP8.

  • chok

    No one cared about windows phone before nokia jumped in. they could have started fresh with Meego/meltimi just like they did with WP.

    AND they wouldn’t be hindered with MS crap like that 1 year waste of time that was WP7. Edit: or the other year were MS were setting on their behinds while nokia provided new features for WP8.

  • chok

    No one cared about windows phone before nokia jumped in. they could have started fresh with Meego/meltimi just like they did with WP.

    AND they wouldn’t be hindered with MS crap like that 1 year waste of time that was WP7. Edit: or the other year were MS were setting on their behinds while nokia provided new features for WP8.

  • chok

    No one cared about windows phone before nokia jumped in. they could have started fresh with Meego/meltimi just like they did with WP.

    AND they wouldn’t be hindered with MS crap like that 1 year waste of time that was WP7. Edit: or the other year were MS were setting on their behinds while nokia provided new features for WP8.

  • chok

    No one cared about windows phone before nokia jumped in. they could have started fresh with Meego/meltimi just like they did with WP.

    AND they wouldn’t be hindered with MS crap like that 1 year waste of time that was WP7. Edit: or the other year were MS were setting on their behinds while nokia provided new features for WP8.

  • chok

    No one cared about windows phone before nokia jumped in. they could have started fresh with Meego/meltimi just like they did with WP.

    AND they wouldn’t be hindered with MS crap like that 1 year waste of time that was WP7. Edit: or the other year were MS were setting on their behinds while nokia provided new features for WP8.

  • chok

    No one cared about windows phone before nokia jumped in. they could have started fresh with Meego/meltimi just like they did with WP.

    AND they wouldn’t be hindered with MS crap like that 1 year waste of time that was WP7. Edit: or the other year were MS were setting on their behinds while nokia provided new features for WP8.

  • chok

    No one cared about windows phone before nokia jumped in. they could have started fresh with Meego/meltimi just like they did with WP.

    AND they wouldn’t be hindered with MS crap like that 1 year waste of time that was WP7. Edit: or the other year were MS were setting on their behinds while nokia provided new features for WP8.

  • Dave

    You don’t like Android, fine……buy why would you want to stop other buying a Nokia Android phone ?

    Ahh I know, because you are a prick.

  • kohc

    As what the new Nokia CEO said, one of the reasons why they sold Nokia was because they didn’t have enough money to finance the software side which would working on their own platform. Unless probably you would offer to give them money :)

  • C-Law

    You guys make android sound like its a downgrade which makes me giggle. In my world, Microsoft windows is a downgrade. I was on board with Microsoft but they let me down so many times with vista, the zune, and now windows 8 and metro. I finally said good riddance and couldn’t be happier. While you guys may think windows is quality, the majority of america disagrees and hates windows 8 no matter what its running on. The average consumer is what’s important here and they seem to have picked the galaxy s line and iphone

  • DumbAndroid

    Well said. What people don’t realize is that the mobile world is shifting to 64-bit. iOS7 just became 64-bit. Windows Phone 8 support 64-bit. So this will be a problem for Android since it is a virtualized environment, it cannot just move to 64-bit. So even if Samsung has 64-bit hardware, it will only run 32-bit Android.

  • robertwade

    Then you probably wouldn’t be happen with our opinion of those who like Android.

  • check facts

    Android is 64bit ready

  • robertwade

    Well, yes, I DO consider Android a downgrade. I consider it a chaotic, messy, bloated OS. To me, it looks ugly on ANY piece of hardware. While I completely agree that WP7 was a bad way to go–because it was a dead end from the start–WP8 is fantastic. I’ve gotten more people to switch from both iPhone and Android because they liked the clean integration and attractiveness of the OS. And, contrary to your assumption, the “majority of America” doesn’t hate Windows 8. Windows 8 is steadily growing in market share. No desktop OS drives most people to go out and buy a computer or buy an upgrade to the OS just because it’s a new OS. When I demonstrate Windows 8 to people who are still using Windows 7 they are impressed. They ask quite a few questions, naturally, but when I show them how beautifully it straddles two worlds, they generally like it.

  • robertwade

    Actually, as much as I hate Google and Android, I think you may be wrong there. BECAUSE it’s a virtualized environment, I believe the OS can easily move to 64bit and virtualize what it needs.

  • Primey0

    cluster OS? What?

  • Caprico

    Look I said the same thing when Elop took over and I keep saying the same thing – so far I’ve been 100% right. There are quiet a lot who care about MeeGo/Jolla – you’ll see. Just give it some time… Jolla phones are being pre-sold like hot cakes at the moment.

    I must say that the recent Windows Phone version is much better. But the description you brought (I take the right to copy it), still applies: “doesn’t function properly, is not at all elegant and polished and it is badly put together”. Nokia made many mistakes already before Microsft alliance (although things were getting better in several sections of the company). Elop threw everything away and put Nokia into the ultimate misery with Windows products. The own Nokia started to desert their own former products, laying of many of their own workers & blamed everything which wasn’t Windows. Elop knew what he was doing… Unfortunately people like you even believe that stuff and don’t know how to think themselves (unfortunately something many people can’t do anymore nowadays).

    Windows Phone 7 (at the time when Elop put it on Nokia devices) was not a platform which could compete with anything out on the market. Tons of money was invested into marketing (uhh and all that expensive TV product placement in the US!!) and getting 3rd party developers to jump on this platform. Yeah Microsoft has this money and with money you can buy a lot – even customers.

    Another point is that many Windows Phones were sold thanks to the Nokia brand. You might be from the US where – I have to agree – barely anyone cares or cared about Nokia. But outside the US things are different. Many customers were also dissapointed because where Nokia stood on wasn’t Nokia inside – the return rate of Windows Phone is rather high (ask once at your local store, if they are allowed to tell you).

    If the Nokia branding dissapears from Windows Phone, it’s game over for Microsoft. Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t realize that. HTC gave up on Windows Phone & Samsung as well – both offering great hardware.

    I’m not against Windows Phone, because I don’t want that every smartphone in the world runs iOS or Android. Competition is healthy and gives us customers a choice. And even Windows Phone suits some people out there perfectly – I also bought my dad a Windows Phone because I thought that would match his way of handling a smartphone. But Microsoft needs to work on their OS and improve it – or at lest start listening to many dissapointed customers. What they did with Nokia was a win for Android & iOS (esp. Android). With destroying a competitor (and Nokia was a huge one) they took the risk to give more power to Android – and that just for their own benefit.

    If I’d buy a Windows Phone, it would also be a Nokia one. Why? Well all the amazing Nokia apps/hardware worth it in many ways. Would I (and many other people) just buy it for Windows Phone? No.

  • Guest

    No, I’m sorry. You have no business ideas. Stop reading your Mickey Mouse magazins – they won’t give you any knowledge to write an answer in here.

  • Schmich

    Everyone including Android users liked Meego. It looked very promising. There’s a reason why Intel and Samsung are working on it (Meego is open source) and it’s now called Tizen. I hope Samsung releases that as it’s proper Linux and not Android that’s running on top of a JavaVM.

  • Caprico

    I’m sorry I hurt your feelings. I wished we could talk in real about business works – like what you already achieved in business. Microsoft did a great business with Nokia, there are several parts of the company (and people) who benefit a lot from that. But look, I’m not a huge fan of the reckless capitalism Microsoft does and also not of the victims it brings. If you’re on the other side – good for you. But we need to accept that we don’t have the same opinion there.

    But sometimes it helps to not only watch advertisement and listen what some mainstream media tells you. It smart to try to understand stuff and look a bit beyond what happens within company’s walls. Windows Phone has a right to be here, but how things are done by Microsoft (not only Microsoft btw) are wrong. As a customer you might not understand that because you just hold a product in your hands – instead of a Symbian or MeeGo its a Windows Phone. But what the greed of a company caused to many people, sub-contractors, factories, won’t be visible to you if you don’t dig a bit deeper.

    In a 2-3 years we’ll see who was right. I’m pretty sure about what I think – if you’re to, then I respect that.

  • jalyst

    meego != tizen, it never did, just many of the same orgs involved with meego are now involved with tizen, plus admin/governance “was” very similar to meego, but that’s become less true over the past 18mths. Governance/admin of MeR/nemo/sailfish is far more like meego, & from a technical perspective nemo/sailfish is the true successor to meego, not tizen.

  • Gunther Holder

    Yes, Android has far more features and tools than Windows phone, but it is the downgrade. Gimme a break. Android has tons of options to suit almost everybody, and every price point. You want quality hardware, you buy an HTC, Motorola, Sony, or even LG. You want an iOS knock off, you buy Samsung. If you want to enjoy a clean Android experience you go with a Nexus. Where you see chaos, I see options. Heck, it’s one of the greatest things about Android, its versatility and flexibility to suit so many needs. You bought a phone, but don’t like the UI, download a launcher replacement and an icon pack, or two, maybe a couple of apps to enhance functionality (gestures, etc.) and you’re good to go. You like the Window’s Phone 7/8 UI, yep there’s a launcher that mimicks it to a very good extent. You want iOS, yet, you can have that too. Don’t like your lockscreen, replace it, you don’t like the stock apps because they don’t suit your needs. Ok, go to the playstore and download new ones, set them as the default apps to handle your interactions, you are good to go. That’s all without having to root, jailbreak your phone, or otherwise void your warranty. If you go that route, the possibilities for what your phone can do, stretch even further. Windows Phone is nice, but its a step up from feature phones. It tries to mimic iOS by placing full control in Microsoft’s hands, limiting what developers and users can do. Yet, it’s missing features that Android and iOS have had for quite a bit of time. MS would do well to learn its own lesson from the PC era, it made Windows extremely flexible and adaptable to beat Apple’s computers, and succeeded marvelously. Google with Android has followed that path to success, yet Microsoft insists on trying to be the next Apple.

    Poor Nokia, had they made both Windows and Android phones, they would now be in a better place, prob as their own company and not being eaten up by Microsoft.

  • Gunther Holder

    This is true, Android is already 64-bit ready thanks to the linux code on which it is based.

  • LarryM

    Moreover, iOS move to 64 bit with the 5S is nothing more than marketing. The major reason to move to 64 bit is because it allows you to use more than 4Gb of ram, yet the 5S only comes with 1Gb so it can’t really take full advantage of the move.

  • robertwade

    Some of the things you call “features” I call crap. I also find your suggestion as to “quality hardware” comical. And why would I want a knock-off when I can have the real thing? All the garbage you have to go through to get a usable device is a pain. I played that game back in the Windows Mobile days, loading skins, etc. to make the device more usable. But Android is just no different than that. You HAVE to do all that just to use it, and in my opinion it all looks horrible. As I said, chaotic and messy. Android is by far the most hackable and Trojan-ridden OS of the three. I also disagree that Microsoft is trying to be Apple. It’s actually taking pages from its own history, from Apple AND from Android. In other words, they are working to blend positive aspects of each to find a path that gives higher security, a fair degree of flexibility without being completely locked down. Does it has improving to do? Absolutely. Android is nothing like it was originally, neither is iOS. And you can certainly enjoy whatever system you prefer. That’s not my beef. The fact is that when many people actually get to handle a Windows Phone device, particularly the Lumia line, they mystery is replaced by excitement and the market for it IS beginning to grow. My own personal experience with friends has proven this to be the case. Not everyone switches. But a fair number do and they are quite happy.

  • robertwade

    Some of the things you call “features” I call crap. I also find your suggestion as to “quality hardware” comical. And why would I want a knock-off when I can have the real thing? All the garbage you have to go through to get a usable device is a pain. I played that game back in the Windows Mobile days, loading skins, etc. to make the device more usable. But Android is just no different than that. You HAVE to do all that just to use it, and in my opinion it all looks horrible. As I said, chaotic and messy. Android is by far the most hackable and Trojan-ridden OS of the three. I also disagree that Microsoft is trying to be Apple. It’s actually taking pages from its own history, from Apple AND from Android. In other words, they are working to blend positive aspects of each to find a path that gives higher security, a fair degree of flexibility without being completely locked down. Does it has improving to do? Absolutely. Android is nothing like it was originally, neither is iOS. And you can certainly enjoy whatever system you prefer. That’s not my beef. The fact is that when many people actually get to handle a Windows Phone device, particularly the Lumia line, they mystery is replaced by excitement and the market for it IS beginning to grow. My own personal experience with friends has proven this to be the case. Not everyone switches. But a fair number do and they are quite happy.

  • AndroidAdvocate

    Wait a minute, who cares about windows Phone even now? they are just under 4% of the market -_-

  • AndroidAdvocate

    Wait a minute, who cares about windows Phone even now? they are just under 4% of the market -_-

  • AndroidAdvocate

    Robertwade, the saleswoman in my office HATES windows 8. It’s messy, it’s bloated and laggy and slow. There’s no start button. The computer she bought with it is brand new and it’s still terrible.

    Also most of the world doesn’t like Windows Phone. That’s why they have under 4% marketshare worldwide.

  • AndroidAdvocate

    Robertwade, the saleswoman in my office HATES windows 8. It’s messy, it’s bloated and laggy and slow. There’s no start button. The computer she bought with it is brand new and it’s still terrible.

    Also most of the world doesn’t like Windows Phone. That’s why they have under 4% marketshare worldwide.

  • AndroidAdvocate

    How much does Microsoft pay you? You are using their marketing lines very well.

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter

  • Dave

    WP is like your post……… uber shit

    Nuff said on the matter