Is the Nokia Normandy still alive?

Is the Nokia Normandy still alive?
A tweet from evleaks hints that the Android powered Nokia Normandy might still be alive. According to the reliable source, "The reports of Normandy's death have been greatly exaggerated." The handset runs a forked version of Android and according to a published report on Wednesday, will feature a 4 inch display and offer a dual-SIM variation with a model number of RM-980. The same report states that the crew working on the device, known as "Project N," will be merging into Nokia's emerging devices team which is supposedly working on a smartwatch. Back on Christmas Day, we passed along speculation that the phone was put on Nokia's fast track for release

Before we jump to conclusions though, we need to temper expectations a bit. The tweet from evleaks only says that rumors of the phone's death have been exaggerated. We still are far from actually having a confirmation that the Nokia Normandy will be released anytime soon, or anytime at all for that matter. And for those of you who have been dreaming of an Android powered Nokia handset, keep in mind that this is essentially an Android powered Nokia Asha. And using a forked version of Android means that there will be no access to the Google Play Store and many of the Google branded services.

Is the Nokia Normandy still alive?

Is the Nokia Normandy still alive?


source: @evleaks via NokiaPowerUser

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17 Comments

1. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

If this is true and this device is even remotely high end I WILL BUY IT. I seriously doubt it though.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I guess that IF this device comes to market, it will be lower end device. Remember, Nokia has 520 which sells well and they don't want to risk it's success. And nothing is confirmed and quite possibly the Normandy won't come. But Android Nokia sounds tempting anyway.

3. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Fandroids still getting punked by this rumor in 2014.

4. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I love the Mark Twain reference.

5. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

One thing I have wondered with every article about this phone is: How do we know it is Android powered? There is noting on the phone itself that shows us it is.

6. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

what about the suing thing that goes between nokia and google?!and motorola and samsung and htc and etc...?!?! why on earth microkia build an android based device?!?!! microsoft bought nokia to make WP phones! so nah I don't believe it!

8. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Microsoft DID NOT buy Nokia. Microsoft bought their "Lumia" and "Asha" series. there is no microkia . Nokia is now an independent company who doesn't produce smartphones. It is as different from Microsoft as intel is with AMD ( exaggerating a bit here..) . It just has restrictions that it cannot produce smartphones. A forked Version of android without google services doesn't qualify for smartphone . they might name this series with completely different naming other than Lumia and Asha . They build this device to listen to countless millions of fans dying for a Nokia android . and to show a middle finger to Microsoft and to earn some bucks :P lol... Google cannot sue them just like it doesn't sue salifish and blackberry because they do not contain google services(play store,maps,etc) . Android is free

16. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

question : so microsoft do not have access to NOKIA's patent ?

17. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Nokia is the owner of the patents .. they have been licensed to microsoft and the licencing is also Non-exclusive. out of 7.2 billion $ 2 billion $ are for licencing patents. meaning nokia can still licence the patents to some other company also. Microsoft cannot also use the name "Nokia" on its smartphones now that eflop and his trojan supporters are gone from nokia . Nokia is as independent as it can get. Nokia normandy could very well be the testing device if it becomes a hit then they might return in 2016 with android smartphones

13. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Nah, For now Nokia will not produce or make any phones coz Microsoft did bought their Lumia series and Asha series and the contract will end on 2016. As for now Nokia will gain money from the patents and network equipment.

14. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

nokia is just giving try to android and has nothing to do with google & their services. it wont run google play & maps like samsung, htc does. they are starting with fork version since android is free, and if they see sucess than they might make full featured smartphone with nokia maps and their own services, putting own skills like they are doing with wp. there is always an option to install android apps in android handset like yandex play store in jolla.

7. jonartpop

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Android without Google Play won't work.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

It might for some people who knows where to sideload apps from

10. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Ever heard of the Kindle Fire?

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1741; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah. I also know that many people hate it because it doesn't have Google Play. Ever thought about how many more units they would have sold if they got Play Store and all the Google Play stuff?

11. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Push google play then spoof it as another smartphone = win

15. Plesman88

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Cyanogenmod here we come!

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