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Nokia “Normandy” Reportedly the Company’s Budget-minded Android Device

An image posted back in November by @evleaks, which showed a red Nokia device, is now being reported as the company’s first step into the Android realm. As reported by The Verge, the device, which is codenamed Normandy internally, is supposedly set to launch in 2014 running a forked version of Android – much like Amazon does with its Kindle line of tablets. According to one source inside Nokia, Normandy is “full steam ahead.” 

The device is said to be a low-cost unit, allowing those at lower income levels to have full access to helpful applications and mobile Internet capabilities. As of right now, it apparently supports Skype (naturally) and other popular Android applications.

What makes Nokia’s interest in the Android OS a bit more interesting, is that Microsoft recently announced the purchase of Nokia, but the deal is still not completely finalized. From what the new report states, Nokia could look to push this device out before Microsoft attempts to axe its plans, given that it is safe to assume that Microsoft would rather push its Windows Mobile OS instead of helping Google any further in emerging markets.

Regardless of the politics, you have to give credit to Nokia who will apparently do anything they can to stay in the pockets of consumers. Keep in mind, Nokia’s former CEO was never been the biggest fan of Google and Android, so maybe Nokia has changed up its tune and is now open to other avenues.

Via: The Verge | @evleaks
  • Kane

    Nokia already made some open source tablets. Does nobody remember the Nokia 770. I got it off woot for like a 100 bux in 2005

  • hoosiercub88

    Give me a 1020 with Android on it.. I’ll pass on this.

  • Chris

    silly nokia. Android is for the big dogs

  • “Normandy” …. as in D-Day?

  • MichaelFranz

    im interested to see what they bring to the table. thats about all

  • Steve B

    You lost me at “budget-minded Android device.”

  • If the comparison of models I still prefer to use the product over Sam Sung, but in terms of the application as well as durability, the more I like NOKIA, many thanks that information, I have added the facility when choose suitable products for yourself.

  • Joe Freddy

    To all who think this is an android device… Its an Asha platform device. See the switch in the middle its a single one like asha not three like android 😉

  • Adriano Corte Real

    Give me a 920 with Android on it and you can have all my money.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Ugh. Forked Android.

  • I spy with my little eye, the power button…. under the volume rocker! Has this been done before?

    • paul_cus

      It’s that way on my Sony Xperia ZL.

  • Joshua Sotnick

    A single capacitive button? and it’s the back button? Why?

    • Steve B

      Have you used a kindle? OEM’s do crazy stuff with Android.

  • BB BB

    It will be Good to have a build quality and camera like Nokia’s running android but now that Microsoft owns them it will be squashed somehow as only Ms knows how to do. It would be funny to see them sold at the Microsoft store.

  • cwillen

    The wonderful thing about Android is that it truly puts the future in the hands of the consumers. If Nokia does something dumb like build a “Kindlesc” phone, no one is going to buy it and it sends a signal to the manufactures on what NOT to do. Amazon was able to pull it off because they have a full ecosystem for app and media distribution that their users can tap into. Nokia on the other hand does not have anything remotely close to what Amazon, Google or Apple offers

    Hopefully Nokia is more looking to do something similar to HTC with a custom ROM, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that Android users prefer a stock (or near stock) experience, with an expedited update schedule. This is what has turned Motorola around.

  • Vijay Nlsn Raj
  • Godzilla

    It’s really sad that people think 41 megapixels help things like light refractory and the high ISO needed to digitally zoom that far.

    High ISO = grainy pictures.

    A 7 megapixel camera with good optics beats digital zoom and obscene megapixel count any day.

    • cwillen

      +1 for the lizard.

    • Chris

      many uneducated people in this room

    • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

      Dear Godzilla, I do enjoy you in many of the major Japanese films you have starred in. Thank you, Sambit

  • mcdonsco

    Nokia running Android = Interested

    Nokia running Kindle style version of Android = not interested

    Nokia, and other OEMS for that matter, take note…please.

  • Godzilla

    Just go ahead and keep that for yourself, Nokia.

  • Shaggy723

    Nokia Nexus with a 41mp camera… One could only dream.

    • No Thanks

      Considering the software that Google uses for the stock Android camera experience… NO THANK YOU!

    • Chris

      MP are not everything

      • Tim242

        They are definitely something.

  • tech247

    A nokia phone running Android??? Sh*t is about to get real……

  • TC Infantino

    Nokia should have gone with Android instead of MS in the first place. Now they are grasping at a faint hope that they can get into the Android game before they are swallowed by MS. They are most likely going to go the way of BlackBerry soon.

    • Tim242

      The Android game is crowded. They wouldn’t be any better over here.

  • Guest

    41mp android camera. Yes please.

    • Chris

      MP are not everything.

      • Tim242

        They are definitely something.

  • MistaButters

    More Chin that Fat Bastard.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Too late Nokia. Motorola is already set to take over the budget market with the G. You guys should’ve released this a year or two ago.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      And yet, Nokia has already proven their 520 and 521 are great phones under $100 and they have sold very well. That’s cheaper than the Moto G.

      • J. Gilbertson

        But how much are 520/521s off contract?

        • Evan Knofsky

          $50 and $80 I believe it is.

  • hyperbeatser

    so in their version of android, all you do is go back?

    • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

      hello hyperbeatser, I do enjoy your profile photo. it is very amusing!

      • what in the f….

        • rthvk

          Don’t worry Tim. I’ve come to associate Sambit with stupid

          • hyperbeatser

            more like creepy…

          • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

            I like it the same, hypebeatser!

          • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

            rthvk, that is very disrespectful, i went to college!

        • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

          Hello Tim-O-Tato i do enjoy your show very much thank you, Sambit.

  • Blue Sun

    I honestly stopped reading after I got to “forked”. Not interested in the least. I was hoping Nokia might play both sides of the MS/Google fence. In the Android ecosystem, forking does not lead to spooning.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo


  • chris125

    If they would release a high end device with their signature camera…..WOW. One can only hope.

    • Eric R.

      1520 with Android

      • StuckOnVerizonForever


        • T4rd

          Yes, 1520 is way too big, and I’m a Note 2 user.

        • Eric R.

          1020 has 2012 specs and it’s almost 2014, so 1520

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            I’d take that camera over anything.

  • skaterjosh98

    I cant see how MS would allow this to happen. Also if Nokia were to make a Android handset I certainly wouldnt want it to be a low end model.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      520 and 521 are great phones for less than $100

    • Mike Reid
    • Feed Jake

      In the same way that Google allowed Motorola to push out the last of their product line before they released the Moto X.

      • Averix

        Yeah, but those were still Android devices. Imagine if Motorola’s last lineup had been Windows Phone. I doubt they would have seen the light of day. I’ll take this whole article with a large grain of salt until we see it announced. MS will kill it if it exists.

    • michael arazan

      Did you not read the article? MS has NOT finalized the deal yet with Nokia. So MS has no say whatsoever over what Nokia can do right now. They could burn the place to the ground if they wanted.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’m pretty sure this will be dead as of the Microsoft aqusition. And either way who wants a Damn forked Android. Nobody wants it.

    • Matt Groff

      That’s why you install Custom ROM’s 🙂

      • AbbyZFresh

        Most Android users aren’t tech literate enough to even know what a custom ROM is. Let alone instal it.

        • nevermindhoser

          That’s what YouTube is for.

          • Chris

            or thsoe who donbt give a damn

        • schoat333

          I would bet a large percentage of them do. The ones who don’t wouldn’t care anyway.

    • michael arazan

      IDK, Millions have gone into device planning , testing, and manufacturing. If they recall all the devices, then what? Wasted millions.

  • jamdev12

    Normandy, heh? Sounds like some WW2 reference to Allied Forces taking the Third Reich by surprise. Is Nokia setting themselves up as the good guys against the evil empire that is Google?

    • chris125

      or maybe the good guys against Microsoft

      • RoninX

        Or maybe this is the beachhead for Microsoft to attempt to take over Android.

        In a few months…

        “We’ve discontinued WP, and all future Nokia phones will be Windroid devices that can only download apps from the Windroid Store.”

        • Tyler

          Honestly if they created a metro app and skinned android to look like wp8 that could be successful seeing that you would get best of both worlds, assuming you like wp8 that is.

          • michael arazan

            Giving a windows device, that runs android and easily uses android apps, but with access to windows features. Interesting.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever


    • JMonkeYJ

      The code name Normandy doesn’t seem like a coincidence. Let’s see how their invasion fares…

    • Kevin

      Maybe a guy named Norman Davis head’s up the project.

      • Kevin

        Or maybe Norm & Andy

    • DoctorJB

      Maybe this is for leverage in the negotiations with Microsoft, remind Ballmer that he needs them a lot more than they need him.

  • If this happens, there will be a World War 3

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      lol from thermonuclear to WW3