Nokia continues to insist it has no plans to deviate from its two-prong Symbian/MeeGo platform strategy, but the rumors that they’re looking to Android or Windows Phone 7 just keep on coming. Slipped quietly into a DigiTimes report on Android Honeycomb tablets is the suggestion that Nokia has been working with Google – and is among a cadre of smartphone manufacturers getting preferential treatment, no less – on an Android slate that could launch early in the first half of 2011.
The report also mentions Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola as Google partners on Honeycomb tablets, each of whom we’ve seen various rumors attached to before. Nokia, though, is a new addition to the list; speculation has frequently suggested it is looking to Android for smartphones, but this is the first talk of Google’s OS on a Nokia-made tablet device.
Last we heard of Nokia’s tablet ambitions, the company was facing opposition from carriers over the Nokia Z500 tablet with complaints it was simply too expensive. The company maintains that MeeGo is its platform of choice for larger form-factor devices moving forward, though a commercially released product isn’t expected until sometime in 2011.
[via Android Community]