Nokia is reportedly working on an Android smartphone codenamed "Normandy".
Designer Jonas Daehnert visualize what will Normandy look-like if ever it will see the light of the day. The latest render boasts of a 4-inch screen display as well as a wide array of colourful casings such as green, cyan, black, white and red.
Based from the photos there are no capacitive buttons here, neither Windows Phone ones, nor Android ones, only a singular Back button. The facade of the Normandy is similar to that of the Fabula design, while the back is also pretty standard to the Nokia design series. Mr Daehnert posted a gallery of the Normandy concept image in Facebook.
The Internet was stirred up last week due to the rumours that the Finnish mobile device manufacturer is building a handset backed up by Android OS. The tip came from multiple sources who claimed to be familiar with Nokia's plans and cited by The Verge.
According to these sources, Nokia is following the footsteps of Amazon by packing a customize Android OS. Reports said that Nokia has been testing "Normandy" with a special "forked" variant of Android that's not aligned with Google's own version. However, the report also said Normandy supports Android applications like Skype, and other popular apps on the platform.
The sources also confirmed that Normandy is designed as an Asha equivalent to push low-cost devices with access to more traditional smartphone apps.
This is not the first time that Normandy made an appearance in the Web. Last month, reliable tipster @evleaks tweeted an image of a Lumia-style device with no apparent capacitive buttons for navigation.
Nokia employees working on Normandy were informed the device is planned as a 2014 release. Moreover, an insider described the Normandy effort as "full steam ahead."
However, this rumour should be taken with a grain of salt since Microsoft puts its bid to acquire Nokia. It is unclear whether Nokia will release the handset before the Microsoft deal is finalized, or whether Microsoft will continue with the plans for the device.
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