We’ve heard the many rumors, we’ve read the specs and we’ve seen the numerous leaked marketing renders published around the web, and now the upcoming Nokia X Android phone has been revealed in the clearest photos yet. Many scoffed at the idea that Nokia might launch an Android phone before it left the phone business. Why would Microsoft allow it? Crazier things have certainly happened though, and we’re now less than a week away from seeing the X get official. More →
The smartphone market would be a very different place if Nokia had made the switch from Symbian and Meego to Android instead of Windows Phone. We’ll never know if the Finnish vendor would have fared any better or if CEO Elop was right to be scared off by Samsung. What we do know is that the company didn’t do very well with Windows Phone and as of April, it will no longer be a smartphone maker. Before consumers part ways with Nokia, however, the vendor plans to make waves (at least) one last time by unveiling an Android smartphone next week at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. More →
We have seen enough of Nokia’s mysterious Android phone to piece together a pretty clear image of the device ahead of its official reveal, but that doesn’t mean the leaks have been plugged quite yet. Ever vigilant @evleaks posted another list of specs for the Normandy on Friday, some which had already been noted in earlier leaks and others that appear to be brand new. More →
Nokia, the company that adopted Windows Phone because its CEO was too afraid of Samsung to shift to Android, is about to debut its first Android phone. By all accounts, the handset will debut in under two weeks at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show. Rumors suggest the Normandy will feature a 4-inch display with 854 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support, a 5-megapixel camera and dual SIM support. And now, a leak out of Vietnam gives us our first idea of how aggressively Nokia has priced its first Android handset. More →
We’ll never know where Nokia would be right now if it had chosen Android instead of Windows Phone as its mobile platform of choice. Instead, Samsung scared CEO Stephen Elop away from Google’s mobile OS and the rest, as they say, is history. Nokia will soon be out of the mobile phone business once it dumps its devices and services division onto Microsoft as part of a $7.2 billion deal, but the company apparently plans to make waves one last time by unveiling its first Android phone next month. More →
Vietnamese online retailer Thegiodidong.com is already listing the Nokia Normandy on its website, potentially revealing various specs and features for the unconfirmed device in the process. According to the retailer, the handset will pack a 4-inch display with FWVGA (854 x 480) resolution, 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support, 5-megapixel camera and dual SIM support. The Nokia Normandy is also said to run KitKat, Google’s latest Android OS version, and to have support for the Google Play Store. More →
If you subscribe to the school of thought that dictates “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” Finland is almost certainly burning right now. Following the revelation that Nokia likely used a cunning secret weapon in its fight to convince Microsoft to cough up $5 billion for its devices and services business and another $2.2 billion for patent licensing, we have seen the company’s tiny Android phone pop up a number of times. A leaked photo of an engineering prototype surfaced recently, and we saw on Tuesday that the device had an interface that mimics the look of Windows Phone on Android using a series of custom widgets. Now, a photo of what appears to be final hardware has been leaked on Twitter by ViziLeaks. No other details were provided, but some insist that the so-called “Normandy” is still slated for release despite the imminent Microsoft deal.
Do you love the look of Windows Phone but find yourself balking because there still aren’t anywhere near as many available apps as there are on iOS and Android? Nokia might have just what you’ve been waiting for. The company has launched a number of new smartphones since the deal that will eventually see Microsoft take ownership of its devices and services business was announced, but its most important device launch could be still to come. We’ve seen images of Nokia’s $7.2 billion Android phone leak several times but a new photo published on Monday evening by @evleaks seemingly reveals the device’s home screen for the first time. And that home screen, from the look of things, will bring Windows Phone’s tile-based “Metro UI” over to Android as a series of custom widgets. No other details were made available with the leaked image but some still believe the Normandy will launch sometime this year.
Reports have suggested that Nokia and Microsoft had been in talks for years before the Redmond, Washington-based company finally agreed to absorb Nokia’s phone business. The straw that broke the camel’s back, according to chatter in Finland, was a tiny entry-level phone code-named Normandy. This handset was special for one reason and one reason alone: it ran Android. First leaked to the public last year, Nokia apparently used the Normandy to force Microsoft’s hand, ultimately leading to the $7.2 billion deal announced last year, $5 billion of which covers Nokia’s devices and services business. While we have seen marketing renders of the phone leak a number of times, a photo of the Normandy has now seemingly leaked for the first time ever. More →