Nokia denies plans phone running Google's Android

TALLINN Mon Jul 6, 2009 8:34am EDT

A customer looks at a mobile phone display at Nokia's flagship store in Helsinki August 16, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong

A customer looks at a mobile phone display at Nokia's flagship store in Helsinki August 16, 2007.

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TALLINN (Reuters) - The world's top cellphone maker Nokia said on Monday it was not working on introducing a phone running on Google's Android operating system.

British daily The Guardian said on Monday the Finnish mobile phone maker was understood by industry insiders to be developing a smartphone that runs on Google's Android software, to be introduced in September.

"Absolutely no truth to this whatsoever," said a Nokia spokesman.

Google's Android is a rival to Nokia's Symbian software.

"Everyone knows that Symbian is our preferred platform for advanced mobile devices."

Google's Android has got a lot of traction in the cellphone industry, with many vendors planning to introduce phones using it, but so far only a few Android phones have reached consumers.

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