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.: 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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1. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

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

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Me too. Could be partially based on Symbian

13. SandraB

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

WP is really hard to sell unforntly just realeese this android nokia and you are back.

17. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

23. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Neh, I prefer Asha's UI

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia X8 my guess. the hit number 8 like N8

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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...

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

15. SandraB

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 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

25. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

that screenshot did NOT come from reliable EvLeaks though

22. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The screen caps all look like the Nokia Asha software platform 1.1 I really don't know how the whole Android rumour started...

24. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

exactly. EvLeaks NEVER mentioned the words android or forked

30. andonia2

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

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

2. domfonusr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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..

3. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

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

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

And that tag, sir, is special...

4. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

5. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1771; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

29. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

...until after 2016.

16. SandraB

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

nokia must quickly out with an Android phone Nokia WP have a hard time selling and backs on the world market

6. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL. Hopefully it makes it before the deal is finalized.

28. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

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

18. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 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...

19. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

21. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 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.

27. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 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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