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The High-end Nokia Android You’ve Been Waiting for may Actually Launch Soon

The Nokia Android dream is slowly coming to fruition, with the Nokia Normandy (Nokia X) expected to be unveiled at MWC 2014. But that’s not going to be the only Android phone coming from Nokia, or at least whatever will be left of the company once Microsoft grabs its mobile division. A new report from Chinese publication Tech.qq says that multiple Nokia Android devices across a variety of price points are in the making and may be unveiled later this summer. However, specific details about them aren’t available at this time.

Unnamed sources from Artesyn Technologies who are apparently aware of Nokia’s plans said that more Nokia Android handsets may hit stores in May or June, with the Nokia X expected to cost 1500 Yuan (or around $247). The other unknown handsets are reportedly out of beta and may soon receive FCC certification, as work on these devices started well before it was known Microsoft wanted to buy Nokia.

While Nokia may indeed be interested in creating more expensive Android handsets as well, it’s not clear how a high-end Nokia Android devices would look like and whether they’ll be able to compensate the lack of certain Android features that make the OS popular, including access to Google Apps such as the Google Play Store.

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that while a Nokia Android handset is coming at MWC, the phone will run a forked Android OS that won’t have access to Google Apps. Nokia will reportedly replace Google’s Apps with similar solutions of its own including the Here map service, a Nokia app store and MixRadio music. Nokia’s focus with Android phones will still be emerging markets, were such devices may become popular with consumers, especially considering the company’s former position in the handset business in those markets.

Furthermore, Phone Arena points out that Microsoft will get several technologies that can be found on high-end Windows Phone devices made by Nokia including the PureView camera, the HAAC microphone or the ClearBlack displays following the purchase.

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Nokia Android Clad in Windows Phone Clothing – Coming Soon!

lumia-520-front-tiles-clubpenguinRumours that primary Home windows Phone OEM Nokia continues to be two-timing Microsoft by continuing to keep an Android phone project on its backburner happen to be doing the models for some time now. However the WSJ has expected more fuel about this fire, stating sources saying Nokia will unveil an Android-powered device later this month. Read more [...]

Specs of Nokia Normandy: Similar to Lumia 520; with Android!

52 mins ago Jan. 28, 2014 - 7:50 AM PST

We might be one step nearer to understanding what the rumored Android-powered Nokia Normandy phone is. Because of the relatively reliable @evleaks, the Normandy hardware shares many components with Nokia’s Lumia 520, a minimal-cost Home windows Phone that’s showing to become popular for Microsoft’s platform. When the leaked specifications are correct, Normandy could be easily listed within the $50 to $99 range, otherwise even lower.

The twin-SIM support and comparatively meager hardware further support my believed that the Normandy will supplant Nokia’s Asha type of entry-level mobile phones. Many are questioning if Microsoft allows Nokia to produce an Android-based device — Microsoft is going to close on the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s products business — however i think Microsoft wants this phone released.

Why? The Asha type of mobile phone models meets a particular need — the reduced-finish market where there's room for sales growth, however it lacks in another: Support for Microsoft applications and services. By utilizing Android because the base for Normandy, Microsoft can take advantage of their software designed for Android to obtain first-time smartphone proprietors using Microsoft applications and services. When these individuals will be ready to step up to and including more capable device, they are able to migrate to some Lumia phone running Home windows Phone.

lumia 520

I really possess a Lumia 520 I selected one up for $40 unlocked and without contract. It lacks a 4G radio but Home windows Phone itself runs very well around the device. Actually, the woking platform has always carried out good on lesser hardware, that has some wondering why Microsoft would even need Android within the Normandy.

My suspicion is the fact that Home windows Phone is going to be “scaling up” a little later this season and can require more capable hardware for any good experience. In the April Build event, I be prepared to learn more particulars about this as Home windows Phone, Home windows RT and Home windows 8.1 gain in commonality in code and APIs, needing more horsepower inside a phone. In the event that happens, the Normandy running on Android using these specifications will work better.

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Latest Photo of Android Nokia “Normandy” Revealed

Although the concept that Nokia – that is potential owned by Microsoft (transition teams will work day and evening) – will release an Android phone appears farfetched, it’s obvious the Finnish company was seriously interested in the unit. Named ‘Normandy’, the reduced-finish hardware apparently runs a forked-form of Android, meaning it can’t access core-Google services.

You've seen some renders as well as a photograph, however a brand new image has made an appearance around the Sina Weibo site Palm Uncle (a minimum of, that’s our Bing translation). The photo is interesting since it shows the unit covered with its cover, that is frequently accustomed to mask its full design. Indeed many Nokia executives carry their pre-production Lumias in such instances when you are traveling.

Additionally, it shows the Nokia logo design startup on which appears like exactly the same display type because the Lumia 520 i.e. backlit Insolvency practitioners without any ClearBlack polarizer. The unit features only one button close to the bottom.

Not one other information was provided within the source.

A forked form of Android would obviously be less desirable than core Android fans want, and also the low-finish hardware will be the hug of dying. Many have thought this device was produced to obtain Microsoft to purchase the Asha brand additionally towards the Lumia one, since off-loading an element phone division could be harder in 2015. That might be a shrewd move by Elop and Nokia. Others have stated that it was Nokia’s ‘Plan B’ should things lose their freshness with Microsoft.

As the exact future plans for ‘Normandy’ aren’t known, there’s little evidence recommending that this is launched. Even when it were, it might be a 1-shot cope with most probably no support or further development, which makes it much more of a novelty than a menace to inexpensive Lumias.

Source: Weibo (login needed) Thanks, hengxiang32401, for that tip!

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Allegedly Proven Once Again – Nokia’s First Android Phone through Leaked Photos!

A picture allegedly showing the Nokia Normandy Android prototype continues to be released online on Chinese social networking Weibo (via WPCentral), with user WPDang stating that the rumored Android phone doesn't have Nokia branding on the back and front, like a previous image leak from @evleaks recommended. The Nokia Normandy should be the very first Android phone from the organization, even though the Finnish smartphone maker is stated to fork Android in the same way as Amazon . com does using its Amazon Kindle Fire OS. However, the interface from the system is blurred within the image below.

The telephone isn't likely to offer accessibility Google Play Store or to become a flagship device. Rather it'll likely address the reduced-finish smartphone market alongside Nokia’s Asha products running Series 40 OS. Hardware particulars for that Normandy aren't offered at this time around, however the image indicates the phone may have dual SIM abilities and have just one capacitive button.


Despite the fact that there has been a couple of gossips and reviews around the Normandy, including these image leaks, it isn't obvious whether Nokia will really launch an Android phone, considering the imminent Microsoft purchase of their mobile division.

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