Leaked photo shows Nokia feature phone running a special version of Android

Leaked photo shows Nokia feature phone running a special version of Android
Do you remember the last feature phone you owned before getting a smartphone? Once you purchased a smartphone, you figured that you would never consider buying a feature phone again. But suppose you could purchase such a device powered by Android? 9to5Google posted a photograph today that it received from an anonymous source. The image shows a device that resembles a Nokia feature phone running the Android operating system. The phone doesn't use a touchscreen for navigation and relies instead on a d-pad, number keys and some other buttons (how could we have been so primitive back then). There is no app switcher on the device.

The source told 9to5Google that while unbranded, the handset was created by Nokia. Some of the markings on the number keys seem to dovetail with ones used on earlier Nokia phones. The home screen features a microphone icon near the top of the display; while this is indeed Google's microphone icon, it isn't clear whether it will be used to make requests of Google Assistant or to ask questions to Google Search. Some app icons can be seen on the bottom of the display for the camera, Chrome Browser, and YouTube. There is also an unknown icon showing white arrows in a green circle, one pointing right and the other left. A yellow flap can be seen on the left side of the circle. The square in the middle is most likely the app drawer; navigating to that icon will show you all of the available apps on the phone

An Android-powered feature phone would have a stellar battery life


On the upper part of the display from the center to the right corner is the status bar that shows the status of the network being used (4G in this case), a signal strength bar, battery indicator and the time. On the bottom, there are three options, "Alert," "Select," and "Settings." The first option might be used instead of the non-existent pull-down notification shade to receive notifications and alerts. The photo also shows that the phone is hidden under a rubber case. Ironically, Android was originally developed for non-touchscreen handsets. The word is that when then Apple-CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone in January 2007, developers quickly changed paths and turned Android into an operating system for touchscreen phones.

There is no indication when (or even if) such a phone will be produced. Without having to power a large touchscreen, battery life would probably be stellar, even with a much smaller capacity battery than what you might find on what passes for a low-end Android phone these days (actually, some budget Android phones, like the Moto G7 Power, possess large batteries). And the price would most likely undercut any touchscreen Android phone available today.

HMD Global, which has the right to use the Nokia name on mobile phones through 2024, brought back the popular Nokia 3310 feature phone in 2017. The original was one of the best-selling phones of all time with sales of 126 million units. The newer version of the phone had some updated specs including a 2.4-inch color screen, a 2MP rear camera, and a microSD slot. And while the battery sports a rather low capacity of 1200mAh battery, on a feature phone like the Nokia 3310, that is enough to keep the device running for a long time between charges.

This might be something that will appeal to those seeking a backup phone or a cheap phone for the kids. And since it will run on Android, it should have a lot more functionality than that LG Dare you used to carry around.

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24 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 971; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

This phone is for people in the jungle.

4. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

No it's for smart people who won't spend hundreds of dollars to buy hotspot device (MIFI)

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Should something like this ever come to light from HMD, it would be marketed mainly towards those in developing countries where feature phone sales are still strong.

5. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

These kind of phones are not for poor people, they are priced close to $100, most people here can't afford them. People with decent income buy them as secondary device, they enjoy good battery life, and other feature phone advantage so they can game and play all time with their smartphone without worrying of being offline. outside of US people subscribe internet via ussd code, so it's pain to own hotspot device which doesn't have screen,

11. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yeah. People in developing countries who can afford so little aren't going to spend $100 for a feature phone. That's just common sense.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

There are people in developing counties that can afford these phones. Not saying everyone, but some can. And they’d be willing to spend on a feature phone that provided some aspects of a smartphone. That’s just common sense, which is something that a certain someone that’s j-riding (NOT YOU) lacks.

15. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You don't have to explain it. Some people just don't get it. People in developing countries are not going to shell out $100 for this. Some people don't realize that those people in those countries are extremely poor, so they obviously won't be able to afford this phone. Like I said before, it's common sense.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks you for not following what the instigator is trying to push. Having a discussion about these types of things is what a comments section is about, and someone trying to instigate a fight or throw sneak disses first and then play the victim role. Some people just don’t get that there are some people in developing countries that can and will buy a phone like this. Common sense is not common, as you can see with the instigator.

21. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Kudos for not being someone who means to pick fights and starts things like some people are trying to do. I merely said people in developing countries aren't going to spend $100 for this when they can't afford it. That's just stating the obvious despite what some people think. The doctor of devices clearly did not get it.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Kudos for being someone that not only doesn’t instigate, but doesn’t backtrack once they get called out on their fabrications. I simply pointed out that some people in developing countries can afford it, and then someone else came along trying to instigate a fight between you and I. That’s just stating the obvious, despite what some people think. The flash of the wario 1 and wario 2 did not get this, clearly.

3. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Nokia 3310 4G version also use forked version of Android. Lets hope they use new snapdragon 200 series with cortex A53 cores, it will help performance wise.

6. emitchell4luv

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Please go back to java featured phone nokia

7. Budhainthemood

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

"An Android-powered feature phone would have a stellar battery life" - No, Alan, it wouldn't. ANY other OS could do just fine, but Handroid! With all its RAM and CPU hungry management and the tiny batteries in the feature phones - no chance, Jose!:))) Update your info, mate. PA, hiring from the street again, are you?

8. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 103; Member since: May 29, 2019

It won't have the same battery life as a JavaWare phone but at the same time embedded Java OS all by itself wasn't made for properly supporting LTE drivers so... Aside from that yeah it's more of the same data gathering routine.

19. AlienKiss

Posts: 137; Member since: May 21, 2019

For a Buddhist you sure carry a lot of hate towards Android. Maybe next time you'll buy a real flagship from Samsung or Sony and then tell us about the battery life (no refurbished or second hand products, No cheap china brands). Also, you can always disable /uninstall apps with adb shell (no root required). Unlike that silly digital prison called iOS, Android gives you a lot of choices to make your device better. You just need to do some research, but I guess that's a nightmare for Apple users. Asking them to use their brain pfff.. You know what I call apple users? DEFAULTS

9. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 103; Member since: May 29, 2019

I highly doubt it will have amazing battery life but would be a nice change of pace to keep my daily phone as a workplace tool with media consumption on the side, while this phone is useful for the primary functions of a PHONE...

10. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Eww that thing looks primitive. Imagine trying to browse the web on a feature phone. No thanks, not for me.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Coming from someone that thinks the Pixel 3A XL looks good, that’s hilarious.

14. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well you're not at the liberty to talk considering the phone you're trying so hard to sell has a ridiculous looking camera setup. You really want to go there?

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao says the guy that’s trying so hard to sell a line of smartphones that has more bugs than any other Android smartphone vendor. You sure YOU want to go there?

20. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol I don't have to. The positive reviews and user feedback from people who have actually used the phone says more than some pompous shill does. I just did.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao, says he doesn’t have to, but yells it on almost every article he comments on. Looks like YOU are the pompous shill. I just did, too.

16. skips

Posts: 477; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

well duh its a feature phone, what the hell did you expect lmao. if you're going to treat it like a smartphone, then you should buy that instead. these phones are for people who dont need all those bells and whistles and just the essentials without the distraction of having a smartphone on a daily basis.

22. AlienKiss

Posts: 137; Member since: May 21, 2019

You have to be really dumb to pay more than 50$ on a feature phone, no matter where you live or what your income is. Feature phones are so obsolete, they should be given for free when you get a prepaid card. BLEAH!

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