Nokia's Android phone might be called Nokia X

We've been reporting on the rumors that Nokia has been working on an Android smartphone, but with its own UI, for some time now. Up until this week, the media reports have used the name "Normandy" for the phone, which is supposed to be the internal code name for the device at Nokia.

 The twitter account @evleaks has been the source of much of the information behind the Nokia Normandy phone and this week he posted up this interesting note:

The message states that Nokia X will in fact be the name that the company uses when the Android phone is released (if it ever does hit shelves). There has been a ton of speculation that the phone will still go on sale even though Nokia is due to sell its Devices and Services division to Microsoft by the end of the first quarter of 2014. Naturally, Nokia has been silent about the Normandy-Nokia X rumors. The company did announce this week it will be holding a press event at the Mobile World Congress trade show on Feb. 24th, so perhaps it is saving its announcement for that conference.

Source: evleaks on Twitter | Image via evleaks

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WP8 runs perfectly fine on a low end dual core 520 and 525. Releasing this would prove that WP8 is not an ideal platform for low end cellphones, which in my experience is not entirely true.

if i was microsoft id make sure this phone gets released, think about it,
WP has a fan base, but android is everywhere, if microsoft releases this device they could use it to bridge the gap between WP and android making the android ui as we've seen very similar to WP also microsoft will be able to play around with android and basically dissect it, this way they will learn what to improve on WP or in another scenario where the possibility of WP being a flop, then they will still have the popular android handsets on the market, also it may help attract more devs to windows.... they sure need it.

MS is re-engineering The Windows Phone OS so It can be places on any type of smartphone that runs Android now. ie getting rid of all the proprietary physical buttons so they can load the OS to HTC One and others without much tinkering. They will just do that with this phone when MS finishes acquisition.

They're making it look like WP, to stick with the Lumia branding. They want to hit the even lower price points, and to do that they're cutting out the MS licence fee. Obviously this makes less sense once MS owns them but they've probably had this in development for over a year so there's been a lot of time and money sunk into it - might as well release it.

Doesn't the arrow button suggest that this could be an Asha phone instead of an Android? The Asha line will continue to be sold under the Nokia brand. Maybe its the Nokia Asha X.

it is an asha device, the forked android os is to replace the aging s40 os, it will not be like android you see on Samsung phones or HTC, the ui actually closly resembles windows phone with tiles and has ms services built in. There is no google store or services on this phone at all.

korupt_one said,
it is an asha device, the forked android os is to replace the aging s40 os, it will not be like android you see on Samsung phones or HTC, the ui actually closly resembles windows phone with tiles and has ms services built in. There is no google store or services on this phone at all.

If that is the case then why not make a deal with MS to put a dumbed down version of Windows embedded on it? Windows Phone/Embedded is much faster then Android out of the box. It would make for a terrific regular phone OS. It would make the transition to Windows Phone easier when people go frm regular to smartphones. If I were Microsoft I wouldnt even ask Nokia for license fees for this. Such an OS doesnt need a lot of maintenance but it can help capture a lot of mindshare in the developing world.

Maybe this is the reason why MS wanted the deal be finalized by the end of 2014 - Q1, so this device will not see the light of day. As long as the buyout has not been finalized, business continues as usual.

Fawzi Breidi said,
Once the acquisition is complete, you can kiss any idea of an update forever.

Are you referring to WP? Because on android ANY phone is up to date if his owner cares enough. My Galaxy S1 has ROM which is not only the latest Android version but runs far better then the original...

londan said,
I can't see the business sense in this product line, I smell corporate dirty tricks...

Android market share... Windows Phone market share...

Still don't get it?

myxomatosis said,

Android market share... Windows Phone market share...

Still don't get it?


Android patent fees? Windows license fees? I don't think you get it.

Major_Plonquer said,

Android patent fees? Windows license fees? I don't think you get it.

What patent fees? The only company using these is Microsoft and Nokia is now part of it... So it is Android - free vs "Windows license fees"

The Teej said,
I still don't see how this will tie into the Microsoft acquisition

It won't. And I'd wager it also was never that close to being considered for release... Companies work on a lot of things all the time that they never release, and I think that's all this ever was.

As with any new android phone, I care less about the hardware and more about what crapware (if any) will be present on the phone. I prefer stock Android on my phone rather than an OEM skin. The more phones that offer pure Android, the better in my opinion. I hope this new Nokia phone offers it too.

this is a forked android version, so not really anything like you would see on the typical android phone. it will look more like windows phone from the ui aspect and will carry ms services, zero google anything.

It would be stupid not to release a Android phone.. Why not sell to all markets that you can? One OS isn't going to rule them all.. Different OSes for Different people..

But the real question is, if they did.
1) How would Microsoft view this
2) Could they really make a dent in the Android market at this point, with so many manufacturers like Samsung and HTC as the big players. Would it really be a worthy investment. They would have to really stand out in hardware design and OS mods to make a dent

wv@gt said,
But the real question is, if they did.
1) How would Microsoft view this
2) Could they really make a dent in the Android market at this point, with so many manufacturers like Samsung and HTC as the big players. Would it really be a worthy investment. They would have to really stand out in hardware design and OS mods to make a dent
To answer your first question, if N would release an Android phone, the management chain would know about it, Elop would know about it, so would Microsoft. If, in fact, it is released it will be with their blessing - which would make this much more awkward.

georgevella said,
To answer your first question, if N would release an Android phone, the management chain would know about it, Elop would know about it, so would Microsoft. If, in fact, it is released it will be with their blessing - which would make this much more awkward.

Breaking News: Nokia releases a new Android Phone. Microsoft comes to terms with itself in regards to patent infringement fees.

fusi0n said,
It would be stupid not to release a Android phone.. Why not sell to all markets that you can? One OS isn't going to rule them all.. Different OSes for Different people..

While I agree, don't think this will hit shelves tho. Sounds like Nokia is getting out of the phone game. I've always said it wouldn't hurt Nokia to go with Android as well as WP. Would be interesting to see if their Android handsets did better than WP...but like I said, don't think that will happen.

I wish folk would realize that this phone would not look anything like the android you see on Samsung phones, it will have zero google anything on it, the ui will resemble windows phone and it will be loaded with ms services. it was made to replace s40.

tanjiajun_34 said,
Maybe it will be an Android phone but instead of all the Google stuffs, replaced with Microsoft services.

And instead of that robotic OS, it's replaced by Windows... Then you might just have a winner there. LOL

it will have zero google stuff on the device, this is not android you would see on Samsung or HTC or anything like that, it is a forked version that has nothing to do with google and will resemble more the windows phone os, it will be loaded with ms services and zero google services.

TAKEITBILL said,
NOT SURE WHY neowin is so excited about phone that would never come out. Almost an article every week.

This. You cannot tell me that anyone with any sense genuinely thinks this is going to see release... LOL

and its not even gonna be android in the sense of other android phones, it looks more like the windows phone os, has completely zero google services or store, it is a forked android version designed to replace the s40 os on cheap asha devices.

adrynalyne said,
That would be a stupid name. There have been enough 'X' phones for Android.

With Android on it they should call it the Nokia NSA Edition.

Major_Plonquer said,

With Android on it they should call it the Nokia NSA Edition.

Android and its custom ROMs are the ONLY way you do not get NSA on your phone. Troll...