We’ve heard all manner of rumors surrounding Nokia’s supposed Android powered smartphone. Some of the leaked images have been somehwat convincing while others looked like just another Windows phone, and there have been rumors regarding the specs of the device, and that it would be aimed primarily at emerging markets with a fairly low-end set of specs. While we still don’t know much about the device in actuality, we now know that we’ll get the first look at the famed smartphone from Nokia running the world’s most popular mobile OS, at the end of this month at Mobile World Congress. Sources close to the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the phone would receive it’s unveiling this month in Spain, which if it pans out to be true, it sounds like the most likely place and time to do such a thing. Some of us were probably already expecting this to be the place that Nokia would show off the phone, but seeing as how no one had any sort of confirmation the feeling was still quite skeptical.
If the sources statements hold true than the Nokia phone will also come with a slightly different version of Android, much like Amazon has done with the Kindle Fire line of Android powered Tablets, which was another rumor we had heard about in the past. While we still have yet to see the phone and we won’t know if Nokia actually plans to unveil the device till the end of the month at MWC, it seems that there was a reason for Nokia’s special press event coming up after all. Although Microsoft is acquiring the Finnish companies phone division so it can continue making Windows phones exclusively, Nokia is still reportedly going to launch their Android powered handset, and because it won’t seeming look like or act quite like a normal Android device, it might not compete quite as much with Windows phone products, thus making Microsoft ok with the idea and letting Nokia go ahead and complete the task. According to the leaks that have shown up all over the web, the phones outside shell and even the UI look similar to the Windows Phone setup. Had it been running a true version of Android, we may not have actually had the chance to see this phone hit the market. If it holds true, and Nokia unveils this in just a couple short weeks, what are your opinions of Nokia’s first ever Android powered handset? It’s obviously not the smartphone from them we were hoping for, but maybe it’s a precursor to something more along the lines of what we want in the distant future.