Dec 10 AT 7:44 PM Alex Wagner 12 Comments

Nokia ‘Normandy’ said to be low-cost handset running custom version of Android


Are you one of the many smartphone lovers that’ve wished for a Nokia Android device at one time or another? If so, you may want to take a seat and hide your wallet, because you may try to throw it at your screen once you’re done reading this latest rumor.

According to a new report from The Verge, Nokia is currently cooking up a device codenamed “Normandy” that runs a customized version of Android, similar to what Amazon uses for its Kindle Fire tablets. The Normandy can reportedly run several top apps, including Skype, and an image of the device shared by @evleaks shows that the hardware is very Lumia-esque, save for a lone back button at the bottom of its face.

The purpose of the Normandy is reportedly to give Nokia a new low-cost device to sell that’s similar to its Asha line, but is capable of running full-on smartphone apps. One tipster claims that work on the Normandy is “full steam ahead” and that Nokia employees have been told to expect the Normandy launch to go down in 2014.

So will the dream of a Nokia-made Android phone be realized in 2014? That much is still up in the air, as Microsoft has already agreed to acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services division. That deal has already been green-lit by the Department of Justice, European Commission and Nokia’s shareholders, and so far it looks like could very well reach completion in early 2014 like Microsoft expects it to. Nokia would have to get the Normandy out the door pretty quickly in order to beat the Microsoft transaction’s closing, but hey, we’ve certainly seen some strange things happen in mobile in the past.

What do you make of this Nokia Normandy rumor? Would you buy a low-cost Nokia device running a custom version of Android?

Via: @evleaks

Source: The Verge

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  • ashok pai

    a big ph*ck you to nokia and elop.

    they messed up perfectly fine company to make it into a patent troll ? what were the finnish people doing all the while ? didn’t they realize that their crown jewels were being sold as trinkets ? wth folks ? what future will normandy have ? it’s not like candies that you’d want to buy another doomed product.

    anything microsoft touches turns into turd

  • Nazrae

    In the past, Nokia was the biggest mobile phone manufacturer and Microsoft, well just Microsoft. With the sales figures plummets for Nokia against Samsung and Apple. Nokia was surviving on Symbian and Meego for years which indirectly bled Nokia. If Nokia made the move by adopting Android before Elop stepped in, things would be a lot different. Though integrating the OS to the hardware is not as delicate than integrating Nokia services in Android. As Nokia hardware will always be the best in the market with PureView technology and Carl Zeiss lens, go figure.

    As an example, Nokia Maps (currently Here Maps) would be a huge advantage against Google Maps as Google Maps can only save preload data of an area seen on screen while Nokia Maps/ Here covers the whole country. Google PlayStore will be a sure haven for former Symbian and Meego app builders. And the increase in software/ apps will definitely put Nokia Store/ PlayStore against AppStore head-to-head.

    Nokia running Android would definitely be an interesting combination.

  • Mudassir Ali

    May prove another nail in the coffin of Windows 8 Mobile.

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for HTC & Nokia

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  • TruFactz

    Nokia needs to do this swift like the wind, before they become what HTC was to Microsoft……trolls. im not all for the whole amazon like schpeal. But id buy it just to pull Nokia away from Microsoft. Nokia, you have a real family, where you can compete and be what you were back when you had the quad digit model numbers. When the XpressMusic phones were second to none with the Walkman line. Lets get back to it.

  • Des

    Would I buy it? No, the whole low cost makes me think of low end.

    If nokia had not let its stubborn child like CEO run with windows, they would have been running the show along side samsung.

  • Skis03

    Microsoft Mobile doesn’t get enough pull. It was Android or nothing for Nokia.

  • Sathiya

    This is the last Option for NOKIA to get back its position. i had always dreamed of having a NOKIA phone running ANDROID OS. this would be is the combo of Best hardware + Best OS …

  • jamal adam

    This makes me feel like Nokia is still not entirely sure what it wants to do or that Windows Phone isn’t working as well as they assumed it would at this point in time. I feel this device is a half-hearted attempt at making a Android smartphone and one I think will not do well. If they are shooting for low-end Motorola looks to be having a good formula for it especially with the Moto G. Not even close to a good attempt by Nokia if this comes to fruition.

  • donger

    Miss my Nokia N900.