Nokia Lumia 1520 running Windows Phone

While most leaks concerning the Lumia series fall under the purview of Windows Phone, a recent rumor by @evleaks suggests that Microsoft may be considering launching a Lumia branded handset that runs on Android.

There is no further information regarding the handset, when Microsoft intends to launch it. Nokia had previously launched Android powered handsets under the X series, but those devices ran a forked version of Android with Nokia's own digital store in lieu of Google's services.

It is unlikely that Microsoft would kill off the X series and bring all devices under the Lumia branding considering the most recent entrant in the series, the Nokia X2, launched just a few weeks ago.

That being said, a handset running a full-fledged version of Android from Microsoft seems even more strange. That would be like Google deciding to launch a Nexus smartphone running Windows Phone. One reason that Microsoft may have for doing so might be the idea that Android devices command a more significant market share and user interest than Windows Phone.

Given the lack of any concrete information, we suggest you take the news with a grain of salt. But what do you guys think of the idea?