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Updated Nokia is "months away" from launching its first mobile phone based on Google’s Android operating system, according to reports.

The Finnish mobile phone firm is supposedly ready to unveil the mystery touchscreen talker at the Nokia World conference in Germany in early September,“industry insiders” quoted byThe Guardian, say.

Nokia has always been a strong Symbian supporter when it comes to handsets, though its internet tablets are based on Linux. It even went as far as buying Symbian in 2008 for around €264m (£228/$367).

If the moles are correct in their prediction, then Nokia’s adoption of Android for handsets could be seen as an attempt by the firm to re-energise smartphone sales in the light of the considerable consumer interest in the iPhone and Google's Android platform.

Update
After publication, Nokia told us: "There is no truth to this story whatsoever. It is a well known fact that Symbian is our platform of choice for smartphones." ®

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