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Nokia's Android-based Normandy to be called Nokia X?

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Nokia's Android-based Normandy to be called Nokia X?
What seems to be the first Android-based Nokia handset, known until now as Normandy, might be called Nokia X in the end. At least that’s what famous insider @evleaks is suggesting today. His reliability is hard to contest, so when we see a tweet reading “Project Normandy = Nokia X”, the only thing we can think of is that this could be the commercial name of the device. Naturally, there is no way of telling if Nokia - which sold its Mobile Devices unit to Microsoft - will indeed commercialize the Normandy.

As we told you not long ago, the Normandy / Nokia X could be officially announced on March 25. Before that, Nokia will attend MWC in Barcelona in late February, so it might also announce the handset then.

All the images appeared until now and allegedly showing the Normandy made us believe that it runs a heavily customized version of Android. The device appears to be low-end, sporting a FWVGA display, and can be seen as a next-generation Asha phone. It seemingly features dual SIM capabilities, thus Nokia (or Microsoft?) may want to target it at developing markets - where demand for cheap dual SIM phones is quite high. Sure enough, since nothing is confirmed at the moment, we could go on and on speculating. So let's better wait for some official info on this to show up.

P.S.:
Nokia's Android-based Normandy to be called Nokia X?
We know, the "Nokia X" moniker brings the Moto X in mind, but X is too generic of a name to cause legal troubles (we think).

source: @evleaks

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posted on 23 Jan 2014, 18:54 3

1. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Willing to bet is a Series40 headset and not Android.. Just like the current Ashas.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 22:19 1

8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 717; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Me too. Could be partially based on Symbian

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 00:03

13. SandraB (banned) (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


WP is really hard to sell unforntly

just realeese this android nokia and you are back.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 02:17

17. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 636; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


May Symbian UI & launcher..and Android underneath... LOL

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 03:52

23. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 717; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Neh, I prefer Asha's UI

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 07:56 1

26. akki20892 (Posts: 3439; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia X8 my guess. the hit number 8 like N8

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 22:35 1

9. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


You guys must have missed the article on the recent network test data that shows a Nokia device with an Android kernal?

I'm tired of posting the link, go to the site search and figure it out...

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 23:11 1

12. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


If you're too lazy:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-A110-smartphone-running-Android-4.4.1-appears-on-AnTuTu_id51160

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 00:24

15. SandraB (banned) (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Nokia Microsoft will now avoid paying licenses for Android. Then microsoft take out licenses for this Linux variant.

Really wonder if China and India, with nice big manufacturers like Huawee and Micromax will allow the deal between Microsoft and Nokia.

Will India and China regerinar really allow the store when the risk to knock out their entire phone industry?

It's not fair if microsoft nokia avoid paying licenses

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 04:33

25. ImperialDynamics (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


that screenshot did NOT come from reliable EvLeaks though

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 03:44

22. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


The screen caps all look like the Nokia Asha software platform 1.1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_Asha_platform

I really don't know how the whole Android rumour started...

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 04:32

24. ImperialDynamics (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


exactly. EvLeaks NEVER mentioned the words android or forked

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 01:34

30. andonia2 (Posts: 30; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)


Yes,,, but a few weeks ago a nokia android phone running 4.4 kitkat was spotted at the FCC.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 19:06 1

2. domfonusr (Posts: 368; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Nah... I'll bet they are looking for a replacement for their Java-based Series 40 OS, and that a forked Android is underneath the Normandy, just like has been speculated in a number of places. It will have a Metro UI standby screen, but will preserve a number of UI features from Series 40, but it will be a forked Android underneath it all. When Microsoft takes over, I'm not entirely sure it will continue the Asha series, but as long as this releases before Microsoft takes over, I'll bet it sees the light of day.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 00:08

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I still don't buy it... I just don't see Normandy happening... Hurry up MWC so we can see what the fuss is about..

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 19:16 1

3. Mube007 (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


i bet There will be ntng spl in this phone except nokia tag

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 22:37

10. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


And that tag, sir, is special...

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 19:19 1

4. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 148; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


I was hoping Nokia wouldn't use the "X" or "XL" or "S" or "Z" naming scheme because it's overdone and it's getting cheesy and tacky. Hopefully "X" means something about the phone if this rumor is true.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 20:05 2

5. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


This is actually good news when you see something good attracting attention. I really hope that Nokia is going to use android. Just imagine a powerful android Nokia smartphone with a 41 mp camera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 20:45 1

7. hurrycanger (Posts: 1100; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I think you will need to wait a very long time...

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 20:50

29. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


...until after 2016.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 00:36

16. SandraB (banned) (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


nokia must quickly out with an Android phone

Nokia WP have a hard time selling and backs on the world market

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 20:39 2

6. kindlefireowner (Posts: 349; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Fandroids getting punked by Nokia. I love it. Like Microsoft is going to support a android phone. That's like paying child support for your ex-wife, new boyfriends kid's.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 22:39 1

11. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


LOL.

Hopefully it makes it before the deal is finalized.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 13:46

28. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


It is actually quite the possibility when you consider all the $ MS makes off of the current android handsets.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 02:38

18. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


how many fake leaks need to be brought down on techsites in order for both the writers and the users to realize that this is not going to happen? ever. this butthurt droid crying is getting ever more annoying...

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 02:41

19. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 636; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I would love to have a WP UI with Android underneath....

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 03:19

21. tasior (Posts: 212; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


It doesn't make sense to me. If they replace Asha with Android it will steal market from low-end windows phone nokias. Right now, WP counts only in mid-low-end market, so they don't need to add competition there. Only two logical explanations comes to my mind.
1. Project Normandy was plan B for Nokia, before it was bought by Microsoft. Now team responsible for the project tries to squeeze the product into the market, before the transition to microsoft is done.
2. Microsoft sees no future for Asha, but WP is too demanding to be put to the lowest-end market, so it tries to put skinned version of android instead.

In first case, we can expect no support from the system.

In second case, we can expect that microsoft will make sure, that Normandy won't steal market from WP. That means, the handset will be absolutely low-low-end.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 08:07

27. sonisoe (Posts: 326; Member since: 06 May 2009)


say what you will about samsung, lg, sony, htc whatever skin.... in truth, thats how stock android should be done...not talking about the added features these oems slap on the handset, but the ui.... ios, wp (while it gets boring after a while, it does look elegant), ubuntu, jola - all have great looking/beautiful visual interfaces... people incl.techies prefering stock android to the oems skins are stupid enough to be led to believe that stock android is most optimized in performance.... the whole thing is a cover-up of the fact that inherently android is laggy/unstable, etc, especially on low/mid range devices.... having said that tho, i use an htc one because it's beautiful and unfortunately android has some apps that other stores dont...otherwise, i'll switch over in a heartbeat...

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