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.
When Microsoft announced that they were going to buy Nokia’s handset division, the internet started crying. It didn’t exactly help that a few days after the deal was announced, information started leaking out about Nokia’s secret Android experiment. Turns out that Nokia could have switched to Android once their deal with Microsoft expired at some point in late 2014, but a Microsoft acquisition would surely stop such a plan dead in its tracks.
According to the New York Times, the Nokia Android phone was a reality and could have launched sometime next year. This possibility was put to a quick end when Microsoft bought the Finnish handset manufacturer.
Today will go down in history as a momentous day for the mobile industry. Nokia, once the leader of the mobile telecommunications industry, officially announced that they’re going to sell Microsoft their devices and services unit for 5.44 billion Euros. Nokia will get to keep the Nokia brand, but Microsoft gets to use it. Oh and Microsoft now owns the Lumia brand outright.