First things first: no, Microsoft is not ditching Windows Phone and switching to Android. Curiously, however, the brand new smartphone vendor apparently does have plans to develop and sell a line of Android-powered smartphones that will be offered alongside its newly acquired Windows Phone lineup from Nokia.

According to an exclusive report from BGR sister site BGR India, Microsoft is currently developing a next-generation series of Android phones. The handsets will succeed the Nokia X Android phones that Nokia released earlier this year.

Nokia’s Android line of smartphones was thought to be a secret weapon the company used to force the sale of its phone business to Microsoft. The phones then launched unexpectedly, however, and Microsoft did not discontinue them when it acquired Nokia’s devices division.

We’re not sure anyone expected Microsoft to continue developing new Android phones, however.

Little is known about the next generation of Nokia X phones, though BGR India does note that they will include physical home buttons and will be priced above dirt-cheap white label Android phones but below Microsoft’s entry-level Lumia smartphones.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.