Nokia's Android phone reportedly still in development, pictured in leaked imageBy Tim Schiesser 17 comments
As it turns out, Nokia hasn't been quite committed to the Windows Phone cause. New information has revealed that the company has been working on an Android handset, codenamed 'Normandy' (among other internal names) for quite some time, backing up previous information we heard.
The device, which was pictured in a leaked image from @evleaks a month ago, is rumored to be a low-end smartphone running a forked version of Android - similar to what Amazon includes on the Kindle Fire range - allowing full software customization by Nokia. Normandy is being designed as an equivalent to Nokia's low-end Asha range (which runs Series 40), but with the capability to support some Android applications.
Looking at the leaked image doesn't reveal much about the hardware inside Normandy. It makes use of the same style that Nokia uses for their Lumia Windows Phone range, although there's no dedicated camera button, and there appears to be only one capacitive hardware button below the display. Screen size and other internal specifications remain unknown.
According to rumors, Nokia employees were targeting a 2014 release date for Normandy, describing the project as "full steam ahead" despite Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division. It's unlikely Microsoft would want a subsidiary to release a smartphone running Android over Windows Phone, so there's a good chance this project will never see the light of day, unless Nokia could slip it out the door before the deal is finalized.