According to a new report from The Verge, Nokia is currently cooking up a device codenamed “Normandy” that runs a customized version of Android, similar to what Amazon uses for its Kindle Fire tablets. The Normandy can reportedly run several top apps, including Skype, and an image of the device shared by @evleaks shows that the hardware is very Lumia-esque, save for a lone back button at the bottom of its face.
The purpose of the Normandy is reportedly to give Nokia a new low-cost device to sell that’s similar to its Asha line, but is capable of running full-on smartphone apps. One tipster claims that work on the Normandy is “full steam ahead” and that Nokia employees have been told to expect the Normandy launch to go down in 2014.
Was this the reason Microsoft panicked and rushed to buy Nokia?