Nokia Oyj, whose mobile-phone business is set to become part of Microsoft Corp., plans to introduce handsets that run on the Android operating system made by the software maker’s rival Google Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Nokia Oyj, set to become a manufacturer focusing on wireless networks after the sale of its handset business, is evaluating a linkup with France’s Alcatel- Lucent SA, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Stephen Elop, a candidate to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft Corp.’s chief executive officer, would consider breaking with decades of tradition by focusing the company’s strategy around making the popular Office software programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint available on a broad variety of smartphones and tablets, including those made by Apple Inc. and Google Inc., said three people with knowledge of his thinking.
The price of Nokia Oyj’s Lumia 900, the smartphone the company is counting on to revive U.S. sales, was cut in half at AT&T Inc. stores in a sign the device is struggling to lure users away from the iPhone and Android models.
Nokia Oyj’s biggest U.S. release in years started with a glitch that led the company to give customers a $100 credit on their phone bills, effectively reducing the price of its high-end Lumia 900 smartphone to zero.