Several reports are indicating that Nokia is indeed working on its first ever Android smartphone dubbed Normandy despite the fact that the Finnish mobile phone giant is on the verge of getting acquired by Microsoft.
According to separate, but corroborative reports on The Wall Street Journal, The Verge, and AllThingsD, Nokia Normandy is yet another low-cost budget-friendly smartphone, but one will mark Nokia’s entry in the Android world. Normandy will be take a cue from Lumia range of smartphones at least when it comes to external design and look and a leak from @evleaks falls in the line with the latest reports.
Reports indicate that Nokia will be revamping Android OS to a great extent and will give it the same look and feel as that of Windows Phone and will promote services from Nokia and Microsoft including Skype, Bing search, Nokia Here along with other music and video services.
Nokia developing an Android smartphone just days before its acquisition does sound rather strange, but it could be pure market dynamics that are playing a role.
Whether Microsoft will allow launch of such a device and will let it continue to be a part of its smartphone portfolio can merely be a fodder for speculators, but considering the fact that Nokia’s internal Android project has survived for long can itself be an indication that Redmond may be in favour of at least one such smartphone.