Nokia, which has been supporting the Windows Phone platform like a lone
ranger, might be finally changing gears and soon releasing an Android
phone, if a report is to be believed.
The Verge cites sources familiar with Nokia's plans as saying that the Finnish
handset maker has been working on its first Android phone, codenamed
Normandy, and that it is expected to be launched in 2014. Interestingly,
the report reveals that Nokia, following the lead of Amazon, is working
on a fully-tailored or forked version of Android, like the software on
the online retail giant's Kindle Fire tablet range.
Nokia Normandy smartphone is said to be targeted at the low-cost segment
as an Asha-equivalent smartphone, but with access to more traditional
smartphone apps - a benefit that the report suggests has been missing in
Nokia's dated Series 40-based Asha phones. Further, the report
describes the Nokia Normandy efforts as 'full steam ahead'.
there is no word on the innards of the alleged Nokia Normandy. Earlier,
the serial phone tipster, @evleaks revealed
the rumoured Nokia Normandy in a render, saying, "A real Asha. Or
Lumia? The Nokia Normandy."
Contradicting the rumours about a
Nokia Android phone, Stephen Elop, the former CEO of Nokia had said in
July that the company made the right decision by choosing Windows Phone over
Android. As of now, there is no clarity 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.
signing a pact to
sell its handset business to Microsoft, Nokia could 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. In addition, Microsoft has already agreed to a
10-year license arrangement with Nokia to use the Nokia brand on current
and subsequently developed mobile phones based on the Series 30 and
Series 40 operating systems.