Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Dec 2013 01:12 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Nokia has been building its own Android phone according to multiple sources familiar with the company's plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the Finnish smartphone maker. We understand that Nokia has been testing "Normandy" with a special "forked" variant of Android that's not aligned with Google's own version, akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line.

The release of this phone is slated for 2014, and is supposedly "full steam ahead". I guess this will depend on how quickly Microsoft can complete the acquisition.

Unfounded speculation on my end: could this be the reason Microsoft went ahead and bought Nokia's devices division? A successful Nokia Android phone would be quite embarrassing for them, after all.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by MOS6510 on Wed 11th Dec 2013 06:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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OR it could be their controlled method to introduce their Android software offerings. Perhaps replace Google services with their own?

Microsoft seems to develop faster for iOS and Android than it does for WP.

I don' think they will drop WP, but they don't seem overly motivated progressing WP either. If they can get people to use their services and apps does it matter if more users have iOS and Android than they have WP?

Once people are used to Microsoft services Microsoft can market their WP products as devices that provide and even better experience.

The money is in Windows, Office and their Windows products (SQL, Exchange, SharePoint, etc...). It should be more important to tie people to those products than it is to make people use WP.

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