WSJ: Nokia's first Android phone (Normandy / Nokia X) will be announced at MWC 2014

Sources “familiar with the matter” are telling the Wall Street Journal that Nokia plans to officially announced its very first Android-based smartphone later this month. More exactly, the Finnish company, which is about to be swallowed up by Microsoft (well, at least its phone division is), should show the Android handset at MWC 2014 in Barcelona.

Initially codenamed Normandy, the upcoming Android device could end up being called Nokia X. As previously reported, the Normandy / X should run a forked version of Android. According to the WSJ, the device won’t provide access to Google Play, and neither to other popular Google services. Instead, it’ll offer “a Nokia application store with Android apps”, plus services like Here Maps, Nokia Mix Radio and others. Feature-wise, we’re looking at an entry-level handset that supposedly has a 4-inch WVGA display, dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support. The phone should have a dual SIM version, and multiple color options.


The WSJ somewhat misleadingly mentions that Windows Phone “does not work on low-cost phones”, and that’s why Microsoft allows Nokia to go on with this Android project: to boost sales, even if helped by a competitor platform on an affordable handset. However, the very popular Nokia Lumia 520 proves the publication wrong: Windows Phone does work on ultra-cheap devices. Of course, it’s true that the Lumia 520 can’t offer all the features that a high-end WP handset is offering.

Anyway. Nokia, Android, MWC. It may still be unbelievable for some, but it looks like it’s happening. It will be really interesting to see how many X / Normandy units Nokia manages to sell. But that depends on its price, market availability and more. We're guessing that we'll see soon how things go.

source: The Wall Street Journal image: @evleaks

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52 Comments

48. Avenger337

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

It is a phone that goes straight wing low range but can be of interest to those looking for a simple and basic smartphone. Hopefully in the future we will see some high-end phones with android developed by Nokia.

51. xq10xa

Posts: 816; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Very true. I think people would lean more towards an Android Nokia phone rather than a Nokia with WP8. I think this is foreshadowing into the future. Hopefully they go with Android or just dump the current windows platform and completely remake it. I have used WP since WP7 to WP8. From a Samsung Flash or Focus to the 1020 and 1520 and everything in between. It just doesn't cut it. Let's face it.....buyers want a good looking operating system. You can say all day long that it's about peoples preferences but cmon...the reality is Apple and Android look similar and are pwning the world right now. They are the top of the food chain and are the standard.

53. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I doubt that Nokia will ever put Android on a high-end phone. By all accounts, the Normandy appears to be an Asha series redirect, and so it looks like tihis is something that will be going on low-end Asha handsets into the future, possibly. It makes the most sense that way... Windows Phone on the higher-end handsets for the developed markets in the US and Europe (Lumia series), and their Android fork on the lower-end handsets for the emerging and developing markets (Asha series). There may be some crossover in some places, but the US won't be one of those places.

47. abenjamin765

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I would buy the sh** out of this phone.

44. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Nokia out such Android phone is waiting to dead. Nokia lead decision maker really something wrong.

29. xq10xa

Posts: 816; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I hope this CEO just kills Windows phone 8. They should either revamp it completely or make a custom Nokia / Microsoft / Android phone. Microsoft already lost...pretty much. They just need to strategize and rethink. I believe they need Android.

30. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

GIVE THIS MAN A MEDAL.

39. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

If so many people like WP then why would you hope that MS kills it... Sounds pretty selfish on your part, and un insightful... Plus, it's just not gonna happen...

49. xq10xa

Posts: 816; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I really don't understand how that is "selfish" on my part. Not many people like it compared to the open market. If you were working there and your job depended on it you would want the best strategy with the most income coming in. Same if you were an investor. "Un insightful" is not a word.

41. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yeah I think Android is the most important thing Nokia/MS need right now. I mean just look at HTC, Sony & LG. They're selling millions of Androids and their profits are just increasing every quarter. And Motorola is the best. They earned so much profit by selling Android phones that they said "We cant take this anymore" and sold their company twice.

42. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And WP was such a boon for Nokia that they had to sell their handset division. The only 2 OEMs making real money on smart phones are Apple and Samsung, and Samsung is down a bit as well.

43. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Whatever the size of the user bace, Nokia is ruling WP. Can you say the same about HTC, Sony or LG? I don't hate any of these companies, infact Sony is one of my favs. But facts are facts. Apart from Samsung, which other OEM is profitable adopting Android? So how can any one of you be sure that Nokia/MS will succeed with adopting Android?

46. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Did I not say the exact same thing in what I wrote? I already said that Samsung and Apple were the only OEMs making real money on smart phones. So you're arguing against me with my own argument? Did not see that coming. So Nokia has the highest sales of WP. That's like being the smartest kid with down syndrome. Woohoo!

50. xq10xa

Posts: 816; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Nokia is ruling it because HTC, Sony, or LG are not making windows phones right now. HTC 8X and Samsung Ativ were jokes. Nothing compared to the 1020 or 1520. MS is pushing Nokia. I am all for the underdog. I have a 1020...but I just can't use windows phone 8 compared to Android. My HTC One and Moto X are night and day. WP8 just feels a bit odd. Their Xbox music is what I really loved. However lately it's just too laggy. Google Play for music at $10 a month just pwns Xbox music. Since they lost that I just can't go back to the 1020. Except for pictures at concerts.

28. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I have no doubt Microsoft has already spoken to Nokia about this smartphone and may allow it's sale. Folks do not be shocked that Microsoft allows this device to go on sale. Microsoft is a devices and Services Company and will sell a variety of devices to the Public. This is the year Microsoft will give Apple iphones and Android smart phones MS Office. maybe Microsoft would rather have it on their Nokia brand of Android first. Microsoft's New CEO and Bill Gates his New Technology advisor will point Microsoft in a new direction. Microsoft has worked with OPEN source LINUX projects and since Android is a version of LINUX for mobile devices Microsoft may work with it also through it's Nokia forked version of Android. Since this "Normandy" smart phone uses a version of Android Hackers will easily convert it to run Standard Android apps. Microso0ft will test the Android waters through the Normandy smart phone by letting it's Nokia personnel do the work. if all goes well their will be a MS Android smart phone as well as Windows 8.1 smart phones believe it or not

38. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I really don't think this has anything to do with MS at all... This is something that Nokia had to put on hold because of the deal with MS, and now,, soon, Nokia can do as they please.... This will be a Nokia branded device, and is seriously niche...

23. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Those who believe that nokia will realease this phone are pathetic fools. There is no reason for nokia to do this now, there is no reason for customer to buy this crap phone which would be dead in day of its release, which would lag more than average lagdroid, which would have "few" apps in the "store".

37. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

There's about a 95% chance this device is coming out... That's pretty high...

11. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Too bad it's not on something like the 1520. I checked one out at the AT&T store this weekend while getting my wife a new phone. Probably wouldn't take me away from my Note 3 but sill a nice looking phone.

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Since I got my 1520 3 people here at work have become very interested in it, and are considering getting one.. It's a cool device!

7. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

What's the point of android phone if you can't access Google Play and enjoy it's vast amount of apps.

10. Beijendorf unregistered

Rooting. The nations where Asha are popular are usually full of ingenuity and solutions requiring no hefty credit card. It even comes with microSD support to make rooting easier!

20. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

This is a replacement for Nokia's S40 OS that they use on their Asha feature phones. Instead of trying to further develop S40 to work better with touchscreen devices, they are simply switching to a forked version of Android. Just like Amazon's forked version of android on the Kindle, you won't see any reference to android anywhere. To the user this is Nokia's new Asha OS.

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

IMO, Nokia build quality. Otherwise it's no better than buying a no name brand Android device that has their own app "library" as they call it. I mean the ones like Kryos or Next (or Verizon's Ellipsis), they have subpar build quality and lower end components. The problem is when people buy them and have a bad experience with Android, they have no one to blame but themselves. It's the no name devices like that that give Android a bad name. There are low priced alternatives that still give you a great experience, like the Nexus series.

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You can use the other million apps available...

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Funny what gets green-lighted for production once Elop is gone...

9. Beijendorf unregistered

Devices are usually in planning for 2 years and in development for 1 year. So as little love as I hold for Elops, I'm afraid we can't accuse him of blocking this.

13. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It's doubtful going forward that Microsoft will release any Android devices, this was most likely a decision by Risto Siilasmaa or others close to him before the deal becomes final. The future Microsoft/Nokia getting involved in Android is a bad for many reasons as I showed previously, various Android OEM's are falling on hard times look at HTC for eg. WP has a very bright future it sold tens of Millions more devices than it did in 2012, making it the fastest growing OS in the world, no need for forked versions. Besides Elop is not gone at least not once the deal is completed he will rejoin Microsoft as the head of the devices team in charge of Surface, Windows Phone including ( Nokia Lumias soon to be Lumias), and Xbox according to The Verge. He is a brilliant man despite what many has said, if you look at the actual facts that much is clear.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Can you let me in on how Elop is brilliant? He took over a sinking ship and didn't improve the situation, to the point that they ended up being bought out by his former employer. And I seriously doubt if that was the plan all along that he came up with it. It's not even a new plan, it's been done for years. He would be what is called a corporate mole or plant, who's function is to force the company's business revenue downhill making them ripe for takeover.

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, MS making a Android device?? That's not likely....

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