Nokia has bowed to market forces and has begun working on an Android mobile phone, it has been reported.
According to the Guardian, the as-yet-unconfirmed handset could be unveiled as early as September at the Nokia World Conference.
The company’s apparent decision to utilise Google’s operating system comes as it appears to be losing ground in the smartphone market to Android mobile phones from rival manufacturers.
Despite the slowdown in consumer spending, the T-Mobile G1 has sold over one million units since launching late last year, with similarly impressive demand noted for the HTC Magic.
The success of these mobile telephones is believed to be one of the chief factors behind the decline in Nokia’s market share.
HSBC analysts estimate that Nokia’s share of the smartphone market declined by 16 per cent between 2007 and the end of 2008 and now stands at 31 per cent.
Other manufacturers planning Android mobile phones this year include LG, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.
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