Nokia To Release Android Devices In September?

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia is set to announce a mobile device which will be running on Google's Android software environment, a decision that may affect the mobile market landscape significantly.

The Guardian reported this morning that the mobile internet device - complete with touchscreen - could be unveiled as early as September at Nokia World Conference and marks Nokia's boldest attempt yet to regain the "innovation" leadership from smaller but more nimble players like Apple's iPhone or the Palm Pre.

It could well be the tipping point in the battle between normal traditional mobile phones and so-called smartphones which allow users to access the internet or perform similar functions as a mobile computer.

Nokia's decision to jump on the Android bandwagon is likely to have been motivated by the success of Apple's iPhone and other smartphones like the Blackberry Storm; According to Samsung Mobile Display, smartphones are expected to account for 29 percent of the mobile phone market compared to just 14 percent in 2009.

The company will also expect a new breed of smartphones, along the lines of the 5800 Xpressmusic or the Nokia N97, to revive the company's fortunes. Nokia owned nearly half of the global smartphone market in 2007 but this slipped to 31 percent by the end of 2008 due partly to the fact that its sales did not grow as fast as the segment itself.

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Nokia could jump to Google Android in a move that would be a phenomenal blow to Symbian, the software company it once owned. Symbian is also actively developing its own open source OS which is scheduled to be released in 2010. Nokia's claimed partnership with Google Android comes a few days after it announced that it will collaborate with Intel.

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