Nokia Normandy budget Android phone still in development: Report

nokia-normandy-leaked-render-635Nokia’s first Android phone, rumoured to be dubbed Normandy, might still be alive and could see light of the day soon, if @evleaks is to be believed.

The popular phone tipster in a bid to put an end to further speculation about Nokia’s upcoming Android phone, said that reports saying the Nokia Normandy will not see the light of day are incorrrect. The tweet by @evleaks reads, “The reports of Normandy’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”

Unfortunately, the tweet by the tipster does not shed much light on the development of the Nokia Normandy phone. It is noteworthy that in the past, @evleaks has come out with fairly accurate information regarding yet-to-be-announced devices and we will not be surprised if he manages to hit the bull’s eye even with this leak.

Earlier reports had suggested that the Nokia Normandy phone was the Finnish giant’s first device based on Google’s Android OS, and the Nokia Normandy efforts had been described as ‘full steam ahead’. However, there has been no clarity as of now whether the alleged Nokia Normandy Android phone is true or just a rumour.

It would be interesting to see if Nokia can release its rumoured Android phone ahead of the completion of the Microsoft deal. Especially considering that after signing the pact, Nokia can neither license the ‘Nokia’ brand for use in connection with mobile device sales nor use the brand on its own mobile devices for a specific period.

Prior to this, Nokia’s alleged Normandy was leaked in a render showing the device in various colour variants.

The leaked render showed the yet-to-announced device sporting a similar design to the Asha touch range of phones with a physical back button on the front panel. An earlier report had claimed that the Finnish handset maker might launch the Normandy in 2014. The report also revealed that Nokia, following the lead of Amazon, has been working on a fully-tailored or forked version of Android, like the software on the online retail giant’s Kindle Fire tablet range.


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