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: What about Meltemi?
by PieterGen on Wed 11th Dec 2013 10:49 UTC in reply to "What about Meltemi?"
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Good question! Also, is this the "Asha On Linux" (AOL)?

I am perplexed by Nokia's operating system strategy. First they spend many years on Maemo/Moblin/MeeGo/Mer.... Then they drop it for yet another non-ready-for-markt OS: WP. With little success in the market, so rumours keep rolling about Nokia working on Android powered phones....

Nokia has proven to be incapable of developing and marketing their own OS, so it would be a dumb thing to build yet another Android/Linux variant.... IF Nokia would launch Android-based phones (which I doubt), they should use stock (Google) Android. Focus on hardware and leave the software development to more competent parties.

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