Nokia Gets Ready to Unveil Android-Powered Normandy

February 12th, 2014 by Mark J

It’s looking more and more like Nokia’s long-rumoured Android handset, known as the Normandy, will be surfacing soon as the Wall Street Journal has it on good authority that Nokia plans to release the device. More than that it has said that Nokia plans to unveil it at the Mobile World Congress later this month, doing an Indy and rescuing the handset from the land of mobile curiosities before the stone door that is its deal with Microsoft closes.

The Wall Street Journal cites people familiar with the matter but doesn’t have anything new to reveal about potential specs or hardware. It does however say that Nokia’s creation isn’t a deliberate attempt to stab Microsoft in the back but a handset that was in the works before the Widnows Phone maker bought the Finnish phone giant.

It will probably be a while before we see the first fruits of Microsoft’s ownership of Nokia and the release of such a phone, even if it doesn’t sell well, will be enough to keep Nokia’s name in the headlines. If it does prove to be a success then Nokia might regret not having switched to Android sooner.

Should the WSJ’s information be accurate when we see the handset it will be running Android but not as we know it. Rumours suggest it will be a forked version of the OS which has Nokia and Microsoft’s fingerprints all over, adopting Windows Phone’s trademark simple style and packed with the two company’s own services rather than Google’s.

So what might seem like an odd move on Microsoft’s part at first (not objecting to Nokia to releasing an Android device) is actually a sneaky one and a potentially cunning plan. Such a version of Android would provide a bridge between the worlds of the two operating systems.

Previous rumours have indicated that the Normandy could be a more affordable handset, so it probably won’t be packing PureView camera technology, and one which might provide a stepping stone to more expensive devices running full fat Windows Phone.

With less than two weeks to go the Mobile World Congress it’s not long until we’ll find out if the Normandy will become a reality or a myth. If it isn’t launched at the MWC then it’s unlikely it will ever see the light of day.

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