As the reports surrounding a possible Android-running Nokia handset grow stronger, leaked images of a prototype of the same reportedly signal the rumours to soon become a reality.
A Chinese Twitter user, named @seamissu reportedly leaked an image of the alleged coming-up Nokia Normandy . It has been claimed by the user that the leaked image is an ‘engineering prototype’ of the long-rumoured Android-equipped Nokia smartphone . The tweet coming up with a couple of images of the phone reads, “The engineering prototype of Nokia Normandy.” The image that has been leaked and has gone viral since shows the Normandy smartphone with Nokia branding on the screen, that usually appears when a Nokia device is just switched on.
Earlier this month, Phone tipster, @evleaks shared fresh leaked images of the device purportedly revealing the Nokia smartphone with a custom Android interface. The leaked Normandy images also show dual-SIM support, lock screen notifications, an on-going call screen (that could be the dialler app, but looks very similar to popular messaging app Viber) and a log-in screen for Microsoft’s Skype. Notably, an earlier report had revealed that Nokia, following the lead of Amazon, has been working on a fully tailored or forked version of Android.
Further, the report claimed the alleged Nokia Normandy smartphone to have been targeted at a segment as low-cost as an Asha-equivalent smartphone, but with access to more traditional smartphone apps – a benefit that the report suggested had been missing in Nokia’s dated Series 40-based Asha phones and this move is possibly aimed at flooding the market with this model to capture the same again which has been largely shared after Samsung came up with eye-catching smartphones after 2006.
It is to be seen now if Nokia can release its much-speculated Android phone ahead of the completion of the Microsoft deal as after signing the pact, Nokia can neither license ‘Nokia’ brand for use in connection with mobile device sales nor use the brand name on its own mobile devices for a specific period.