The well-known @evleaks posted a red colored odd-looking Nokia handset a few weeks back. We all thought it would be an upcoming Lumia device from its shape, as Nokia tends to keep the basic Lumia design looking as similar as possible. Surprisingly, according to The Verge, it’s not just any Lumia Phone. It is said to be Nokia’s long-rumored entry to the Android market.
Tom Warren from The Verge states several unnamed sources who claim that the handset is what’s being called internally “Project Normandy”. The report claims that the phone will run Android apps—but not in the way that you’d expect. Like Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices, it’s Normandy will supposedly run a forked version of Android that won’t deal directly with Google Play.
Warren also claims that the phone will be a cheap, Asha-level Nokia phone. It is to be expected, since Nokia has yet to test the Android related market with its products, so spending a lot of money on a high-end handset and watching it sit on shelves months onwards, mainly due to its production costs and prices it would have in stores, it would make sense to just test the waters first and afterwards make big plans.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just listening to rumors, because even if the Normandy project is real, it might never see daylight. Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset decision is all but a sure thing at this point, and making hardware for a rival operating system sounds like the kind of plan that might get dropped instantly.