Android is not the reason why the Android powered Nokia Normandy has apparently been scrubbed

Android is not the reason why the Android powered Nokia Normandy has apparently been scrubbed
Despite leaked photographs of an Android powered Nokia model called the Normandy, it would seem that the project has been scrubbed due to Microsoft's impending acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division. Still, we did manage to grab some more information on Nokia's "Project N". Apparently, when deciding which OS to use for the Asha range back in 2012,  Android was one of the choices along with Swipe UI. Of course, the Finnish OEM went in a different direction.

But with Nokia losing the Lumia line in the Microsoft deal, and keeping the Asha series, it was thought that perhaps an Android powered Asha model could spur some interest. While it appears as though the phone has been 86'd by Nokia, the recently leaked render from evleaks that we showed you on Monday has some expecting Nokia to revive the project. One published report has the device launching with a 4 inch screen, a dual SIM variant, and a model number of RM-80. A forked version of Android would be driving the phone. This report cites unnamed sources as saying that Nokia has already put the phone on its release path, which means that even the Microsoft-Nokia merger can't stop it. But that may not be true.

While the Microsoft-Nokia deal might stop the Normandy from appearing, it has nothing to do with Android. The Asha line is not part of the deal, so Microsoft has no control over the Normandy, and in fact, the licensing deals that Microsoft has would make it profit greatly from increased Android purchases. The problem is that the deal prevents Nokia from putting its name on any handset for two years after the merger is closed.
 
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source: NokiaPowerUser

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41 Comments

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I don't care what is the reason, if it's build quality better than HTC, software features better than Samsung, Battery life better than Motorola, Camera better than Sony... TAKE MY MONEY NOKIA !!!

39. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Forget it❕... Get a Nokia Lumia, and stop whining❗❗❗❗

42. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Anandtech tested the moto g and it creamed almost every phone, including the iPhone in battery life. Moto always has been king of cellular talk time and call quality.

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dude they are legend in all these categories. So don't worry because all Nokia's phones are best out there.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hell yea.

32. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

plzz answer me!!i dont understand how nokia will be Nokia again as all the patents and nokia tweaks are sold to ms.....or nokia is still safe with patents???

33. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If I'm not wrong, the patents still belongs to Nokia. Don't worry, Nokia will be back in few years later.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If it's Microsoft, it won't be a legend.

19. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

...It will be history.

21. zdprince

Posts: 24; Member since: May 10, 2013

One question sir: Which software giant had ever existed since 1989 and still exist strongly today?

29. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

that is in windows in pc not in mobiles one question to you sir which software giant despite having billions and 10 years of mobile market experience have failed miserably in mobile and has never been able to acquire more than 5 % market share ever ?

35. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well, not Microsoft. They had more than 5% with Windows Mobile before iphonies were even conceived.

37. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

i agree but their best of the best share was 23 % in 2004 worldwide so they never have been successful in the mobile space.. they exist only because of their pc windows sales because they have the cash supply had they been any other company with primary income from mobile os they would have been long forgotten

41. zdprince

Posts: 24; Member since: May 10, 2013

thanks Sir box! Nokia12: reading your post tells me not to bother myself since you do not appreciate technology but follow the crowd. Come back in 2 years to talk about it. And I hope you return with deep knowledge of what a good Operating System is but not following the crowd like today!

44. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

i am a tech enthusiast first i don't follow the crowd i was a fan of windows phone too earlier and i can tell you that it is a good product . But unfortunately not all good Products sell. i was talking from a business and market share perspective Look at Palm OS , Meego .. they were really superior( even in their infancy) to android/symbian/windows mobile but they never took off or sell .. look at blackberry OS 10 great product but they don't sell because of business reasons i used to support WP os before Wp 8 it was fast , fluid , no lag only thing missing was Apps . But sadly Android with jelly bean came and outdid Windows Phone in high End Wp8 flopped at high end against android and was a huge success at low end because android still lagged and was buggy at low end but with the introduction of kit kat google is once again ahead of windows phone . the concept of live tiles is a hit or a miss .. some people like it some don't . Windows Phone became a success because of nokia . Now without Nokia brand MS is nothing.. yup they will survive like they always have but give a challenge to android is going to be a tough hill task now. Especially when android is free and WP costs 10 $ licencing fee per handset Ask any windows phone user why they switched to WP answer - because it is free of lags and is silky smooth, it's different now this answer won't hold up against KIT kat Smoothness WP , ios and android are more or less same now the point of it's fresh , new and different seems to be getting old once you use a windows phone the next time you use it it won't feel different or new So once again why should i or anyone switch to or use Windows Phone? and don't forget the MASS Corporate Favorite Operating system- Tizen which is backed by Nokia Samsung Intel Adobe Ebay and more than 36 companies ..

46. zdprince

Posts: 24; Member since: May 10, 2013

So first of all if tizen is favoured then this means that google and it android is the loser since Samsung out sells nexus. Lags had always existed on android and will continue to exist even with kit kat because we always read lag free android anytime they bring an update but in reality nothing changes. MS failed with windows mobile back then because they listened more to the businesses than the general public. But now everyone had noticed that there is an improvement, they have picked up their mistakes and correcting them. They now listen. Every windows phone user is satisfied with his/her phone not only because it is nokia but also what run on the hardware. HTC does not accompany their windows devices with apps like nokia does and that is why it struggles. And when it comes to Samsung users even think they own android and so it is normal that they build bad devices for windows. The public also fear going to windows phone even thou they have see the potential when they test it in the shops because of the propaganda some of you are posting like blue screens and also referring to windows vista... But what the posters fail to understand is that blue screens are hardware failures more than software. When we come to apps, android and IOS has over 800,000 to a million but how many are repeated, productive and what is the average a user installs on his device? MS is building the important and useful apps which I support and the developers will also step in to complete with the rest. MS has learned his lessons and are in the game again and in 2 years to come I will be here to tell you about it.

6. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Fandroids got Punked again. Next you will believe in 2014, Samsung will release quality phones on every level. No more Samsung Galaxy Centura?

7. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And Trollers will continue their line with a new generation of Trolls.

18. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Fandroids don't care about a Nokia with a customized version of Android, we have great devices, from the HTC One to the Sony Z1 or LG G2, from the Nexus 5 and the Moto X to cheaper alternatives like the Moto G. Whether you're looking for build quality, premium feel, good camera, Google experience, weather sealing, big screen or pocketability, there's an Android device that suits your needs even without Nokia. What's more, no Android fan would buy a device with an Android fork without the Google ecosystem, so the fact that this phone will never be released is completely irrelevant to us. We're perfectly happy anyway, and we have plenty of choices already.

36. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Okay, since the Asha is not part of the acquisition deal that means not just the Normandy will appear, there will be many more Asha series Android phones coming right? I mean, Nokia can make a mid-high end Asha Android phone like the Moto X right?

15. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

just to clafify unless the deal was changed, asha is part of the acquisition deal. and nokia cannot release SMARTPHONES under its own brand for two years. i don't know why they keep on repeating that asha will remain with nokia

22. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Thats what I thought. I dont know why EVERYONE is trying to say that the Asha phones were not part of the deal but I do recall seeing that it was.

23. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Also I do believe that Nokia cannot release ANY PHONES not just smartphones as part of the Microsoft buyout.

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

The problem is that they can't come up with another name to bypass such deal and make the Normandy true.

12. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

I do nt get the news from phone arena, can any one tell me exact deal MS and Nokia? it was news before that Asha series will also bw with MS, now its other story with this article? Secondly 2 yrs merger program after that Nokia will be able to use its name? so microsoft will use which name? will it use its own name for lumia series after 2 yrs? theses are the questions i am not able to understand, please any one, help understanding :(

16. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

youre right. i heard that asha series was also a part of the deal

13. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Would have been great to see android on a nokia device. But that would be weired because the low end devices would have a better OS than the flagships lol

14. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

So... Nokia has 2 years to build the absolutely best Android phone and then shove the M$ deal in their a$$. Hope dies last.

31. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i still dont understand as all the patents and NOKIA Tweaks are sold to MS...so what is left of Nokia would be its simple hardware used in ASHAs

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