According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, Nokia may be releasing an Android-powered smartphones as early as this month. Engineers at the company have been working on budget-friendly Android devices which are reportedly going to be released before the Microsoft acquisition.
As expected Nokia is not planing to highlight any of the Google services on the device, instead loading the phone with its own apps like Here maps and Microsoft services. The phone is expected to be a low-end budget-friendly Android replacement for its current "Asha" line of devices, which are being targeted at emerging markets.
The report claims that Nokia will debut the device during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this month. It is still unclear what Nokia's plans for using Android and what will happen to those devices after Microsoft takes over.