According to a report coming from Wall Street Journal, Nokia might introduce their first Android-powered smartphone, Nokia Normandy, at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, later this month.
Quoting people familiar to the matter, Wall Street Journal writes that Nokia Normandy will be “tailored in a way that won’t promote some of the key Google-developed features that a more traditional Android-powered phone might.” This might just be the confirmation for the rumors saying that Nokia’s Android handset would not arrive with support for Google’s Play Store.
Early rumors suggested that Nokia Normandy will not run GApps out of the box, as it will come pre-loaded with replacement apps from Nokia and Microsoft, such as Here maps or Mix Radio, as well as with Nokia’s own store for Android apps (imagine Samsung app store). Nokia is rumored to be working on their first Android smartphone before Microsoft announced its intent to purchase Nokia’s mobile phone business unit in September 2013.
WSJ also notes that one of Nokia’s reasons for using Android is related to the fact that Microsoft’s mobile operating system, Windows Phone, “doesn’t work on low-cost phones because of the software’s technical requirements.” Personally, I doubt this can be one of the reasons, because Nokia’s Lumia 520 was what you’d call a low-end smartphone (400 x 800 4-inch display, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB storage, and dual-core 1 GHz processor).
The reports that surfaced on the web over the past few weeks allowed us to make a general image of Nokia’s Normady Android smartphone, which is said to go on sale as Nokia X. According to sources in the industry, the smartphone might pack entry-level hardware and an Asha-like design, while the UI could be an Windows Phone – Android hybrid.
Nokia has recently sent invitations to an “Under the Tree” event which will be held February 24th at Mobile World Congress tech fair. Give Wall Street Journal’s report, I guess it’s safe to assume that we’ll get to see Nokia’s Android-powered Normandy smartphone at the aforementioned event.
Would you be interested in an entry-level Android-powered smartphone made by Nokia?