Despite Nokia’s sworn allegiance to Microsoft ndows one, the company may be working on a low-end Android phone for emerging markets.
Images of Nokia’s Android hset, codenamed Normy, first appeared in November, at the time it seemed like either a hedge or a bargaining chip for Nokia. After all, Nokia is the main producer of ndows ones, as the New York es reported in September, a potential switch to Android might have made Microsoft more eager to acquire the Finnish phone maker.
It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Nokia doesn’t only produce ndows ones. The company also has a low-end hset line called Asha, but it’s based on aging software it’s not a great platform for apps. Normy, which reportedly also has the codename Ao(for Asha on nux), would be a successor.
Android, kind of
Instead of running stock Android, Nokia’s Normy could run a highly modified version, similar to how Amazon has re-purposed Android for its Kindle Fire tablets. This would allow Nokia to create a unique look feel for the device, while still being able to support Android apps. The phone could even serve as a vessel for Microsoft services such as Bing Skype, placating Nokia’s new overlords.
The only hitch is that Microsoft wants ndows one itself to become a bigger low-end player. Nokia’s mia 520, currently the cheapest ndows one, can be had for as little as $70 off-contract. The question is whether Microsoft can push ndows one even cheaper in emerging markets. If not, Normy might be necessary to fill the void, especially in light of ‘s low-end push in Android 4.4.
th that in mind, there’s no chance Nokia’s Android ambitions would exp beyond the cheapest of smartphones, especially after Microsoft’s acquisition goes through. Assuming the Nokia Normy is real, U.S. smartphone users will likely never see it up close.