Ina Fried has just confirmed the Nokia Android phone – and even argues that Microsoft might go ahead with actually releasing it.
According to a Nokia source, the software has a look more similar to Windows Phone than to the “squircle” icons used on the Asha. Normandy would also serve as a way to deliver Microsoft services such as Bing and Skype.
That is seen by some at Microsoft as a more palatable alternative than seeing more of those first-time smartphone buyers sign up not just for Android but also for Google’s array of services.
Makes sense. It does raise another question, though: wouldn’t this be yet another operating system Microsoft would need to develop and support?