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Is This the First Look at Nokia’s Android Phone UI? (Update: It Runs Kit Kat)

Industry leaker-extraordinaire, @evleaks, posted the picture above this morning with the comment “Android on Nokia.” In the past, he has also Tweeted pictures of a similar device said to be running Android that is known only by its codename of “Normandy.” Even though Microsoft has gobbled up Nokia’s mobile business, some believe there is still a chance that we will see Nokia release a device running our favorite mobile OS.

So, what are we seeing here? 

Well, we can see a back button, lock screen, dialer, and screen with Skype running. It does look a little Windows Phone-ish, up near the notification bar, plus it appears to support dual-SIMs, leading us to believe this is an international phone. The UI is semi-card-like; definitely not reminiscent of anything currently on Android.

If anything, I think it’s safe to assume that this is a mid or low-end phone aimed at international markets. This isn’t a flagship Nokia device running Android.

Update:  GSM Arena has posted another screenshot from the device, this time showing off the device’s About Phone page. From what we can see, it is apparently running Android 4.4.1 “Kit Kat,” which is actually quite the surprise. Does it make it any more desirable? No, not really.


Via:  @evleaks | GSM Arena
  • Somebody is getting laid…..

  • Andy Shokry

    Where is the UI?! All I see is screenshots of Viber and Skype, and a very ugly notification / lockscreen thing!

  • J Dub

    This is probably aimed at the low end. Like their Windows Phone offerings they will probably price it unlocked off contract at a pretty low price. Android has begun to have household recognition unlike Windows Phone. So consumers will see Nokia, Android, and a low price. This should lead to a buy and selling loads in emerging markets. Emerging markets is where a lot of manufactures aim their sites on as it is a key area for growth.

  • HarvesterX

    This looks horrible. Someone said something about quick, kill it before it hatches. I’m confident that these eggs won’t hatch..lol, it’ll be alright.

  • Ej McCarty

    someone!!! quick!!! kill it before it hatches

  • WK

    just get the Moto G.

  • chris125

    That bezel is huge on the bottom. Also looks like a forked android, so seems like it would be lacking google apps. Not really that compelling from a design standpoint, looks like every other lumia.

  • What you’re seeing here is MS’ 1st step towards forking Android and producing a distro with all the Google cloud services stripped out and replaced with MS equivalents. http://venturebeat.com/2014/01/01/windroid-what-if-microsoft-forked-android/

  • meijin3

    I think the UI actually looks decent. I’m interested in where they go with this although I’ll probably always stay Nexus.

  • Daniel

    UGH, Nokia has nice hardware designs, but NO ONE WANTS ANOTHER ANDROID SKIN on a phone. Just stop it already and make more Google Experience devices

    • Chris

      Only some don’t want them. A lot do and a lot don’t care. Android is about choice remember?

  • VoiceofSky

    Meh,that UI is disgusting ..Looks too much like WP ..No thanks,the hardware is what we want when it comes to android and Nokia,not the software .. can we get a GE? preaaassee

  • Adam Truelove

    I would give anything to have a Nokia Nexus!!

  • AbbyZFresh

    More flattness?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    if i could get dashclock to look a little bit closer to that first screen that’d be nice. I don’t exactly like the appearance of lumias or this, but the build quality and cameras are attractive. As for the ui, it’s alright. A gpe would be okay. If nokia made the nexus 5 that would’ve be interesting. i can almost picture it because of the yellow case google sells.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Nice, a 2-inch bezel with a back button. Wtf?

    • Maxim∑

      Similar to HTC

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        No, HTC has a home button to. How can you navigate Android with only a back button. This is strange.

        • J Dub

          On screen buttons.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            On screen and capacitive? No way

      • Chris

        Nope. Try again please.

    • Its a small budget phone with probably an emphasis on battery life. Actually, I don’t even understand why people think it is running Android.

      • Adrynalyne

        Bezels help with battery life…right? :p

        • raazman

          More space for a bigger battery, yes it does.

          • Adrynalyne

            How does the bezel allow for a bigger battery?

        • allow more space for the battery and not put all the energy and money into a screen that will drain the device faster

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Screen size has nothing to do with battery life, resolution does.

          • Adrynalyne

            Thank you.

          • bigger the screen the more you have to light up.. so yeah I guess you could make a dull screen that is large..

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            It is negligible that amount of battery it would take to light up the area if even half the bezel was screen and 720p is fine for a screen of that size.

          • I doubt its going to be 720. my guess is that its 800×480. again this is a budget phone cutting cost in every possible way

          • staticx57

            It is NOT negligible, bigger screens require more backlight. There is a reason tablets get a much bigger battery, and it is not just for battery life, it needs to power that giant screen.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            An extra .2 inches to remove half of that bezel is negligible.

          • you have to understand that someone that gets this phone is just happy that they have a touch screen in color that is bigger than 3″ yet they might not have access to a power outlet for 3 days.

          • Chris

            We know NOTHING about this phone. So let’s wait before we pass judgement

          • Tim242

            No it is not negligible. You must be new to Android.

          • Adrynalyne

            It certainly is at this size. We aren’t going from a 4.3 to 5.7inch device, even if bezels are removed. Also…how do you know what type of screen it is to even know if there is a backlight??

          • even if its amoled, screens at bigger sizes need more power.

          • Adrynalyne

            Sure, if going from 4.3 to 5.7….

            Going from, what is this…4? to 4.2 or 4.3 wouldn’t make more than MAYBE 5 minutes of battery life difference.

          • Lynton

            Mostly true I guess, but for amoled I think dpi is the metric you are looking for since each pixel produces its own light.

          • not always about the resolution. higher res is more taxing on the processor but I think larger/brighter screens are the real concern here. they are also.. CHEAPER TO MAKE which is my first point.

          • staticx57

            If we are talking .2 inches you probably wouldn’t notice the difference once you got used to it. As to what screentype it is, it was just a guess it is not AMOLED due to the low cost concerns. Besides, AMOLED tends to use more power than LCDs when not displaying black or near black…

          • Tim242

            Wby do you care? How do you end up in the middle of every argument. Oh yeah, the ones you don’t start, you egg on.

          • Chris

            He’s still a kid. Leave him alone.

          • Adrynalyne

            I believe this was a discussion. If you don’t understand the difference, then please move on. Didn’t you say you would never reply to me again?

          • J Dub

            The more pixels the more it takes to light up. Imagine each pixel is a light bulb. If you have a million light bulbs in 2 different areas it’s still the same amount of light bulbs. One is just more densely packed. More densely packed means it looks better, but doesn’t mean there is more energy required to light them up. If this is a low cost phone they will cut cost every where, but still try to provide a decent use experience. So a million pixels is a million pixels no matter what area they fill. The amount of energy is the same.

          • Chris Hannan

            You’re implying bigger screens have the same sized pixels as smaller screens, just spread out more. That is incorrect. Bigger screens have bigger pixels, and just like bigger light bulbs use more power than smaller light bulbs, the same is true with AMOLED displays.

            Now if we’re talking LCD displays, you could power two different sized screens with the same backlight, but the larger the screen, the dimmer the display will be.

            So a better saying would be bigger displays at the same brightness as smaller displays will use more power.

          • David Smith

            enter samsung amoled …

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Lol okay, show me a small phone with a large battery…oh wait

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            What? You’re missing the point. He’s saying the larger the screen the worse the battery life. This is completely untrue.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            No. Hes saying a larger device can hold a bigger battery.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            No. He’s saying the larger the bezel the less screen area there is to light up which he thinks will help battery life.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Some people are just too stupid to educate. Im done with you.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Are you serious? Haha you can’t admit when you misunderstood something?

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            You’re the one that is clearly misunderstanding. Bigger phones allow bigger batteries. Its that simple.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo


          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Try and get that extra chromosome removed.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Personal attacks now? Nice.

          • superg05

            this is true note 3 user here but flip phones last for days

          • Adrynalyne

            Stop toying with this guy. This is such a one-sided @ss kicking that he won’t have any dignity left if you don’t stop.

          • Chris

            Is that why you are stuck on Verizon forever?

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Hardware and battery, i like it.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        It’s a piece of crap that’s what it is. And when evleaks says something, it’s usually true.

      • Adrynalyne

        That wouldn’t be because @evleaks said it was?

    • Eric R.

      And it doesn’t look like Android at all

  • “This isn’t a flagship Nokia device running Android.”

    Or is it? I’m not holding my breath for Nokia to release an Android phone in the first place, let alone that device being worth a single glance on the stand in store…. Nokia has and pretty much always will be dead to me

    • Chris

      They were reverent in the 1999-2003 era. Not anymore,

      • Can’t argue with that – I still never owned one even then! Motorola and Nextel only during that time before I got my first Palm phone

        • Chris

          There was that ring tone from Nokia that was in almost every 90s movie that had a cell phone in it.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Nokia has proven their low end phones are great. 520 and 521

    • athom07

      They are great for low end phones – it’s not like they are great phones that compete with top dollar devices.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Where did somebody say that? Thanks for stating the obvious, im sure everybody else thought it competed with a Note 3.

    • clobberedchina

      The 515 is a really good looking feature phone, IMO.

    • Justin W

      Unless you think about including the Moto G in that, then they both suck.

  • Ryan

    Im not really a fan of the big bezel block phone design. I would only accept it if it had interchangeable hardware

    • Chris

      Won’t happen.