Is Nokia working on an Android-powered feature phone?

Ruben Fields
July 20, 2019

The image also highlights the software running on the feature phone. Nokia is planning to solve the problem and fill the bridge by launching an Android-powered feature phone. In order to bring competition to Reliance, HMD Global is now working on a new feature phone that will run on Google's Android operating system. However, it appears that Google wants more than just stakes in another company and thus it has decided to make its own version of Android apt for feature devices. While there was no branding visible, the phone features a four-directional d-pad, T9 keyboard and other traditional features.

9to5Google has posted an image of an alleged Nokia feature phone running Android.

The feature phone looks like any ordinary brick phone with a taller screen. It has been added that the upcoming OS won't be having an app switcher until unless there's a dedicated hardware button for it. There is Google's standard microphone icon top of the screen, indicating that the phone could come with Google Assistant.

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Since there has been no word on such an OS from Google or a phone from HMD Global, we suggest you take this with a grain of salt. There's also an "Alerts" option seen at the bottom left corner that is likely to give users access to app notifications list, something that is not yet seen in any feature phone.

But that is not their only business today, they remain a top player in the abandoned feature-phone market segment with notable devices like the new banana phone, Nokia 8810 and the redesigned legend, the Nokia 3310.

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