Speculation is mounting that Nokia could yet adopt Google’s Android operating system for its smartphones, amid reports that the search giant’s CEO has been lobbying the Finnish company to get onboard with its platform.
According to an insider cited by Tech Crunch, Google head Eric Schmidt contacted Nokia’s new CEO Stephen Elop last week to entreat him to reconsider the company’s position of only using its proprietory operating systems.
The telephone call apparently took place in the wake of the resignation of Nokia’s Vice President of MeeGo devices, Ari Jaaksi – news of which broke yesterday, despite the fact that gave notice to Nokia last month.
The insider told the site that although Nokia is unlikely to adopt Android fully, it could be used on a temporary basis in the next NSeries phones until such time as Meego is ready for release.
Jasski’s depature is widely considered to have stymied any chances of Nokia’s next-generation smartphone platform appearing any time soon and is regarded as a serious blow to the company as it looks to regain market share lost to Android and Apple’s iPhone.
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