Not to be content and limit its reach by only releasing Windows Phone handsets, Nokia has gone ahead and unveiled not one or two, but three Android running handsets — the Nokia X, X+ and XL. The handsets are based on the AOSP version of Android, as rumors had made clear, and lack all of the Google and Google Play offerings. Instead, Nokia has loaded the handset with its own suite of apps including Nokia Store, Outlook and Here Maps.
According to Tencent Technology, Nokia is not working on just one Android phone, it is working on three. One phone, the Nokia X, will be unveiled at MWC 2014 next week, while the other two are still under development.
Rumors and leaks floating around the Internet for quite sometime suggest that Nokia plans on releasing an Android running handset sometime soon. Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that the ex-Finnish giant is going to release an Android-powered handset at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
There is little doubt that Nokia’s been working on an Android device. We saw press renders last month from @evleaks and earlier today images of a prototype were served up by @seamissu. Now, @evleaks is back again with another press rendering that shows the Nokia Normandy dressed up in a variety of colors. His image is appropriately named “Nokia Normandies.”
When Nokia hired Stephen Elop to lead the company to prosperity, everyone knew he had to make several difficult decisions. When he announced that the company was going to kill all their in-house operating systems and bet the farm on Windows Phone, we all thought he had gone mad. Did he make the wrong choice? The obvious answer is yes, because the company collapsed to such a degree that Microsoft had to end up buying it so it wouldn’t go bankrupt.
Nokia is apparently working on an Android powered feature phone called the “Normandy”. I say “feature phone”, because Nokia is likely going to brand the device as an “Asha”. That and the device will run a forked version of Android, meaning it isn’t going to have any of Google’s services installed. Instead, it’ll have Outlook, Skype, XBOX, and all the other typical Microsoft services you’d expect to see on a Windows Phone. Last night, famous Twitter user @evleaks shared the first images of Nokia’s Android skin. As you can tell, it looks nothing like anything you’ve seen before.
Nokia was handed a big victory over HTC in Germany’s Munich Regional Court, according to a report in FOSS Patents. A decision by Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann could halt sales of all HTC devices, including the One series, in the European country.
Richard Wygand maybe known as the man with a charred Galaxy S4 who used YouTube to take on Samsung. In a strange twist of fate that played out on Twitter, he may soon put his Galaxy S4 experience behind him and become the proud owner of a Nokia Lumia handset.