Android 'spotted' on Nokia: Good idea, bad idea?

An eagle-eyed phone fan got a surprise when he spotted a poster apparently showing the Nokia 5230 and X6 rocking the Android operating system

Android alert! Eagle-eyed phone fan Mauricio Reyes got a surprise when he spotted a poster advertising 3 on Oxford Street, showing the Nokia 5230 and X6 apparently rocking the Android interface.

Don't get too excited though: it's clearly a snafu by a dozy designer. Just this month, Nokia officially nixed suggestions it would employ Google's operating system. Instead, the Finnish company is sticking with the Symbian OS, and MeeGo, jointly developed with Intel.

Tell us your thoughts, phoneketeers: is Nokia on the right track? The company's profits plunged a hefty 40 per cent in the second quarter of this year. Meanwhile premium phones such as the iPhone are earning a healthy profit for the likes of Apple.

Perhaps it's time Nokia stopped spending money on developing its own operating systems, and got involved with open source OS Android. With Android gaining traction in the US, it could be a shrewd move.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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