Nokia is about to be acquired by Microsoft… but the company is still going to release an Android phone anyway. Unnamed sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Nokia plans to unveil its first-ever Android phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks’ time. The Journal’s sources say that “the Android phone [is] aimed at emerging market customers, and has been tailored in a way that won’t promote some of the key Google-developed features that a more traditional Android-powered phone might,” so it sounds as though Nokia has taken the Amazon approach and has forked Android to make it more Microsoft-centric. Leaked pictures of the device show a phone that looks much like one of Nokia’s Windows Phone-based Lumia models, as Nokia has even altered Android’s main user interface to make it look more like the live tiles that appear in Microsoft’s mobile platform.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.