“Nokia Normandy is the missing link”, that statement got us thinking that the phone might be the “link” between Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT, but that was quickly waved off by the report that it might be Asha-line-up related. Now a report published on the Verge might shed some light on this, as the Normandy is claimed to be an Android device.
Many were hoping that Nokia would at one point switch to Android and there were even reports that the Finns are working internally on a phone powered by Google’s OS. The Verge sources claim that the Normandy is a new breed of low-end phones from Nokia based on a “forked” version of Android “that’s not aligned with Google’s own version”, pretty much like Amazon’s tablets or the Kindle Fire.
The render which we’re seeing above was published at the end of last month and depicts a Lumia-like device without the Windows Phone buttons — but with a single back button. The Verge claims that the Normandy will be able to run certain Android apps, like Skype, but the project is mostly aimed at the budget segment, Android being the OS that allows Nokia to completely tweak and adapt the operating system to suit its needs.
Will this be Nokia’s main focus for the future or will we at one point see a flagship device running Android (the real Android)? The Normandy is expected to launch next year.
Source: The Verge