"Last year Nokia NOK -0.97% parted ways with its luxury handset division, Vertu, selling it to a private equity firm. Now it is Vertu’s turn to part ways with Nokia.
"Vertu decided to build a phone running Google Inc. GOOG -0.22%’s Android operating system, citing Google’s superior mobile ecosystem as one of the main reasons. The newly launched Vertu TI, as the new handset is called, is most likely the most expensive Android device on the market, with the most affordable Vertu TI version retailing for around $10,000.
"...Android was preferred to Windows Phone, saying it offers a richer mobile ecosystem and greater options for customization."