Nokia's first attempt to get back into tablets since selling its consumer devices division to Microsoft looked set to launch its first salvo in the west earlier today as an online store appeared purporting to offer the tablet to British and Irish buyers. But all was not as it seemed.
"The online store referenced in the GSMArena.com report is not affiliated to nor authorised by Nokia; We are investigating and will take whatever actions are necessary to protect our brand."
And adding that "To date the Nokia N1 tablet has only been launched in China and Taiwan."
Since, the Nokia Shop has added a banner to the top of its site saying "This is a demo store for testing purposes — no orders shall be fulfilled."
The N1 is significant because it is Nokia trying again, and is the company's first Android device after the Microsoft divorce (in which Microsoft got the house). Perhaps most intriguing was the launcher which replaced the default Android experience. Instead, it reacted to users drawing letters of the alphabet on the screen to choose apps. For example, writing an "F" would show all of the "F" apps, and so on.