Nokia changes Twitter and Facebook colors to green; is it teasing Android?

Ahead of its World Mobile Congress press conference on February 24th, Nokia has done something rather odd; it has changed the color of its official Facebook and Twitter accounts to green.

The changes to the Twitter and Facebook pages were explained as a "teaser of things to come" by a spokesperson to CNet. That's the biggest clue yet that the company is planning to release a smartphone that will run on Google's Android OS. Rumors about the phone, code named Normandy, have been hitting the Internet for months. 

The phone, which may be called the Nokia X when it is officially announced, is supposed to use a heavily modified version of Android with a user interface that more closely resembles the one used by Nokia's many Windows Phone products. It's also supposed to be a budget phone where Nokia has had success with its Asha and Lumia 520/521 phones.

We suspect the Twitter and Facebook color teasers are just the beginning of Nokia's campaign for its Android phone.

Source: Nokia Twitter and Facebook pages via CNet | Images via Nokia

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Man, of course it's related to the great launch of the year for Nokia: the Nokia Lumia Kit Kat!
LOL!

C'mon, it's just green. Maybe they're imitating Windows Phones accent colors!

im guessing they are saying 2 phones with that number maybe the 630 and the 870, only time will tell of course, btw nokia stated today that the transfer to ms will happen within 6 weeks pending regulator approval.

MS makes alot of money on android sales due to license fee's, they might not care of nolia makes an android phone

swanlee said,
MS makes alot of money on android sales due to license fee's, they might not care of nolia makes an android phone

:facepalm:

no i'm pretty sure they care

swanlee said,
MS makes alot of money on android sales due to license fee's, they might not care of nolia makes an android phone

Of course they care. They want WP to be a big player, they're hardly going to push ahead with a competitors OS. Especially a competitor that outright refuses to work with the WP platform out of shear arrogance.

swanlee said,
MS makes alot of money on android sales due to license fee's, they might not care of nolia makes an android phone

It's not a coincidence that Microsoft bought out Nokia's devices division soon after discovering that an Android phone was in the works

The only reason it's not already cancelled is due to regulations governing acquisitions. It's all highly embarrassing for Microsoft though, especially if Nokia launches it publicly before the acquisition is finalised.

I don't think so, right now I'm looking at an ad on the side column of Neowin for "Windows Phone coverage" and it's green, so I'm guessing green is a color associated with Windows Phone too.

1. That's not Android green, and Android doesn't own the colour green.
2. Green (and many other colours) are part of the Windows brand too (see logo here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/downloads)
3 It's probably related to a new green initiative at Mobile World Congress: http://www.wpcentral.com/sites...wc_invite.jpg?itok=uvAjfF20
4. It could be Xbox related since it uses the same shade of green as Xbox: http://wallpho.com/wp-content/...-xbox-logo-wallpaper-hd.png

NOKIA is not even a great phone. Nokia is the "Dell of mobile phones" in Europe. The only people who promote "the greatness" of Nokia are Microsoft tools, like Paul Thurrott....who is constantly wrong on EVERYTHING.

Excuse me? Nokia phones are realy well designed, they don't fall apart when you drop them from 10 cm like Samsungs, etc. Are you talking about the same Nokia as we are?

No play store? check
Horrible Metro style UI that makes Microsoft phones undersell? check
Underpowered device? check

Nokia are hardly inspiring my confidence.

Javik said,
No play store? check
Horrible Metro style UI that makes Microsoft phones undersell? check
Underpowered device? check

Nokia are hardly inspiring my confidence.

You know... Samsung and iOS are taking elements from the "Horrible Metro style UI"
The phone is "underpowered" because the target market is low-end cheap devices.
You should stop posting.

airedwin said,

You know... Samsung and iOS are taking elements from the "Horrible Metro style UI"

Or you could argue that Microsoft's Metro UI is based on Magazine styles that have been around for a long time, especially on the web. Microsoft didn't invent the concept of different sized rectangular blocks displaying information. just in case you didn't know.

It's getting really old whenever some new UI feature surfaces, there's a chorus chant from the usual suspects claiming that it's copying Metro. Even the name Metro comes from the fact that Microsoft's UI is a copy of railway touch screen interfaces. Best to just accept the fact that Metro is neither unique nor original.

I'm going off topic here but with all the WP8.1 leaks the past few days I remember a post saying that 8.1 supports even low resolution screens (320x640 iirc) and also higher than 1080p.

After MS buys them I wouldn't be surprised to see a new Asha with a 3.5" screen running WP8.1 or a Lumia 4xx since the 520 is a 4" device.

Actualy it's 384x640 , anyway, it's very unlikely that Nokia will release a Android-smartphone, since they are not allow to do so according to their contract with Microsoft from back in 2011 with the original Lumia 800: no Android smartphones for the upcoming 5 year (counting from 2011, so, until 2016).

George P said,
I'm going off topic here but with all the WP8.1 leaks the past few days I remember a post saying that 8.1 supports even low resolution screens (320x640 iirc) and also higher than 1080p.

After MS buys them I wouldn't be surprised to see a new Asha with a 3.5" screen running WP8.1 or a Lumia 4xx since the 520 is a 4" device.

All this technical jargon means nothing. What sells smart phones is excitement. The only people who can create excitement for Windows Phone is Microsoft and the only ones who can create excite for iPhone is Apple. As for Google,.....Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, LG, Blu......and now add Nokia to the list.

People can speak all the tech jargon they want, the average smart phone using consumer simply doesn't care.

VictorWho said,

People can speak all the tech jargon they want, the average smart phone using consumer simply doesn't care.

Since when did legal contracts become "tech jargon"?

It is not nitpicking to point out that this device is not based on "Googles" Android but the open source version. Which means no Google apps, no Google Play and in general no Android games and apps.

Why no Android games and apps? Might be a pain but it isnt impossible to make your own API for the Google Services. Most of what Google offers is offered by MS or Nokia itself.

umm..no. green for environmentally friendly. plus that isn't even the green shade of android, its more close to the green shade of xbox. oh, I guess nokia is releasing an xbox.

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vcfan said,
umm..no. green for environmentally friendly. plus that isn't even the green shade of android, its more close to the green shade of xbox. oh, I guess nokia is releasing an xbox.


I can't believe it took so many comments for someone to point this out. But here it is, the answer to the big mystery.

Why would MS support a phone that doesn't support its APIs? That's their bread and butter. Otherwise, they'd be promoting and supporting development for APIs that competitors use, and facilitating simple ports to competing devices and more complicated ports to the rest of the Microsoft ecosystem, such as their tablet, desktop, and other mobile operating systems. They're not going to support DirectX and Windows APIs on a Linux platform are they?

If there devices division is about to be sold to MS, why are they even bothering? Is this a last ditch, "in your face microsoft" or something?

that would be a good guess. it's like they are desperate to release it as if hoping that by this MSFT will be forced to keep the project going. yet clearly this thing is going to get shut down, and I suspect those involved will either quit, or basically burned their bridges with their new employer.

Because even though the transaction is pending, they still have to operate as if nothing is happening. (regulatory rules)

I personally don't get why many are so high on the idea of these phones. Since they are meant to just replace Asha and likely won't have any access to the Android ecosystem.

Stokkolm said,
If there devices division is about to be sold to MS, why are they even bothering? Is this a last ditch, "in your face microsoft" or something?
That and supposedly it's a heavily modified version of android that delivers nokia and Microsoft services... not google.

Bad Man Duke said,
Because even though the transaction is pending, they still have to operate as if nothing is happening. (regulatory rules)

I personally don't get why many are so high on the idea of these phones. Since they are meant to just replace Asha and likely won't have any access to the Android ecosystem.

Releasing an Android phone without access to either the Play Store or at least the Amazon App Store would be a foolish decision marketing-wise. Chances are this has been finalised before the Microsoft buyout and they're still Google certified devices running the Google services suite.

Stokkolm said,
If there devices division is about to be sold to MS, why are they even bothering? Is this a last ditch, "in your face microsoft" or something?

Device and Services has not been sold to Microsoft, so business as usual. This could be the reason why MS is trying to finish the sale before the end of the Q1 to prevent this from happening.

Let us not forget, this will just be an announcement. If the DSD is sold to MS prior to street date, then MS can stop the sale.

Now if the device goes on sale, and then DSD is sold to MS, they can take a look on how much of the devices are utilizing their services. Since the rumor is that this Android device will be using MS services; Or, they can just pull the plug totally on this device.

If it is meant as an ASHA replacement, then it would be a phone that caters to the feature phone market, and wouldn't be terribly hindered by the lack of Play Store

MS isnt dirty of using and/or working with other operating systems. Don't really see why an Android fork will be of any concern to MS.

They work on OSX, they had their own nix OS.... They even contribute to Linux quite a bit (top 10 contributors)

Problem is: one of the agreements in Nokia's 5 year contract with Microsoft to launch Windows Phones, was that they won't use Android.

Stokkolm said,
If there devices division is about to be sold to MS, why are they even bothering? Is this a last ditch, "in your face microsoft" or something?

their*

Stokkolm said,
If there devices division is about to be sold to MS, why are they even bothering? Is this a last ditch, "in your face microsoft" or something?

Well for starters they're not owned by Microsoft yet. So there's that.

Ambroos said,

Releasing an Android phone without access to either the Play Store or at least the Amazon App Store would be a foolish decision marketing-wise. Chances are this has been finalised before the Microsoft buyout and they're still Google certified devices running the Google services suite.

You're assuming there isn't a solution put there to fill that gap. Nokia & MS can fill the gap. We're talking emerging markets. You're not going to find people there throwing a tantrum because they can't get a particular app. They're just happy they can browse the web on their phone and e-mail pictures.

MrHumpty said,
You're assuming there isn't a solution put there to fill that gap. Nokia & MS can fill the gap. We're talking emerging markets. You're not going to find people there throwing a tantrum because they can't get a particular app. They're just happy they can browse the web on their phone and e-mail pictures.

I think you have the wrong idea about emerging markets. They're huge on apps in general. We're not talking elderly folk here.

Also - Green is not only Android's colour... Windows has green, Xbox has green... I have a feeling it's for something else. Also they mentioned 'meet us under the "tree"'(which is green) for mobile congress.