Nokia Android rumors earn outright denial

Handset maker issues an "outright denial" to a report that it will launch a touch-screen Android device this fall.

Nokia has strongly denied working on an Android-based handset, following a report early on Monday that it's planning to do so.

The report, carried in The Guardian, took a cue from "industry insiders" to predict the launch of a touch-screen Android device at Nokia World in September. When contacted by ZDNet UK later Monday morning, a Nokia representative issued an "outright denial" of the piece.

"There is no truth to this story whatsoever," a statement from the company read. "It is a well-known fact that Symbian is our platform of choice for smartphones."

Going for Android would certainly have been a surprising move for Nokia, given the time and money it has put into opening up Symbian . Nokia's operating system (since it bought out Symbian's other stakeholders last year) is likely to reappear in its new, open-source guise next year.

Nokia also has another open-source mobile platform in Maemo, which it is actively promoting as part of its Intel partnership.

Meanwhile, fairly realistic-looking images have been leaked of Sony Ericsson's Android phone , currently code-named "Rachael." The device appears to be part of SE's high-end Xperia line and is said to run on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

David Meyer of ZDNet UK reported from London.

 

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