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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1. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

512 mb of ram? What's even the point. Either make a high end android device or stick to windows phone. this is like laughing at android users.

4. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This is meant to take over for S40 on the Ashas line. Microsoft will never let Nokia pump out a high-end Android, at least not now. This phone will be lucky to make it outside of any emerging markets as long as MS is about to take over.

6. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

You are gonna see how many million device would Nokia buy?. All this hype of low end Android phone because it is Nokia phone. Still people trust Nokia, and Nokia still has billions of fans. So idiot Finnish that sold their handset legend.

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Exactly! If it were an LG (or Sony, or Samsung… ) phone, it would simply go unnoticed at best, if not criticized for too low-end specifications in 2014.

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Agree. They r idiots because they didn't make good decisions and sold Nokia's device And service business, I mean they sold nokia's heart.

40. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Okay... So you provide Nokia with a 100 billion dollars and i'm sure they'll rethink selling their handset division.

14. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Nokia knows how to make good well working phones with only 512mb of ram, look the lumia 520.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Thats why they are giving it away with an xbox music subscription now. Even during the holidays the 520 was selling for as low as $49. Nokia still sold 700,000 less lumias from the previous quarter. There are a number of apps that require 1gb of ram to run under WP. Look at even Nokias refocus app requires 1gb of ram. I guess thats why they already released, and are currently selling the 525 which has 1gb of ram.

36. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Less than 1% of the over 200k apps available for WP need 1gb of ram to run... And, those apps are being optimized everyday to run with less ram..... No big deal here....

35. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You have to give credit to MS for their efficient coding on that one.. I mean realistically speaking..

45. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The 520 works well because it doesn't do anything. What's more, it can't run some games and apps that can run on Android with 512MB of ram.

2. SleepingOz unregistered

Priced correctly, forked Android or not, this will cannibalize their own low end lumias. Not really excited about it though, since it's a low end. But then, one can expect that if this sells well, nokia might consider Android for their future flagships. =]

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hell Yea. This will sell more. And will bring great sold numbers.

8. EyeSee

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

512RAM Android devices will always lag, along with weak Cpus..

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This phone is using a dual core 1ghz cpu that is a cortex-A5. So this device really is low end.

26. EyeSee

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

I see you posting in Pocketnow, Gsmarena, and Bgr, as well...

27. EyeSee

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

And especially on Wp articles,, disliking along with Data, you and .....

15. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

If its dosent have the Google play store tho. How many apps are actually going to be available. Only the ones that MS approves. Which is going to suck beings you know they will keep the number of apps lower than what is currently available on Windows Phone.

16. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you do know this has nothing to do with windows phone or microsoft it will run "android apps" if your read carefully that are going to be available from the nokia store

25. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I'll bet they use the Normandy as an opportunity to put Windows Phone on only their high-end and best handsets. The Asha series will have this forked Android, and will be Nokia's (then Microsoft's) major push for a solid return to the emerging markets as top competitor. The Normandy will never make it to the US.

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I never thought this device would see the day of light, but here it is... Even WPC said that it would be coming.... As I've always said,,,, we'll see what happens..

52. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

So, now that WPCentral is saying it, you'll believe it? You are funny, rodney.

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....

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.

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