Nokia Rumored To Be Working On An Android-Powered Lumia Version

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.

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Two New Nokia Asha handsets Have Been Leaked

Two Nokia handset images have been leaked a few hours ago, according to a post by UnwiredView. The most interesting part is that Nokia kept their existence on the low-key and the following images can at least confirm the rumor of their presence.

One of them is codenamed Nokia Normandy, and its design suggests that it may be a Lumia. However, it’s does not show running a Windows Phone OS, as its home/back button is similar to the Nokia’s latest Asha models, including the 500, 501, 502 and 503. Therefore, the conclusion is that the two handsets are powered by the Nokia Asha software platform.

Information regarding the handset specs has not yet been revealed, and the same goes for availability details. However, the pics are confirmation that the latter information is soon to be revealed as well.

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Other Nokia Asha 502 and 503 Details Leak

Nokia is getting ready to officially announce its new devices within a few hours. At Nokia World this year, the whole world is waiting in anticipation to see Windows Phone powered devices come of age and adopt modern novelties such as 1080p panels and quad-core processors. If you haven’t figured it out, we are talking about the Lumia 1520, but that is a different story.

Now we are talking about Nokia’s entry-level Asha lineup which will get two new additions, both full-touch devices. The Asha 503 will feature the same 3.2-inch QVGA display having a 320 x 240 pixels resolution, but is said to come with a 5-megapixel rear camera accompanied by an LED flash, making it the most advanced camera on any Asha phone yet. Fully capable of expanding its storage with a micro SD card slot and packing a 1200 mAh battery, it is quite a  remarkable addition to the Asha family indeed. While the Asha 503 will support 3G, the Asha 502 will have to do without it. Dimensionally, both phones will fit comfortably in anybody’s palm: 102.55 mm x 60.55 x 11.5 mm with a weight of 112 grams.

The new devices are expected to be announced at Nokia World. Expect them to be priced under a $100 ( £62 ), making them a value proposition, especially when you consider that apps like Whatsapp and games such as Plants vs. Zombies are making their way to the platform.

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Nokia Introduces Asha 210 Mobile Phone

Earlier this week I showed you Nokia’s teaser, showing us just a small portion of a device that appeared to be a QWERTY style keyboard and a screen. With little to no information we naturally assumed it would be a new mobile device. I was not really surprised when I read the press release from Nokia this morning.

Nokia Asha 210 is available in 5 fantastic colors Black, Cyan, Magenta, White, and Yellow! With an estimated MSRP of $72 USD.

Nokia tells us that their new Asha 210 is their “Most social Asha yet”. This might be true, considering it has the world’s first WhatsApp button. WhatsApp is an app designed for social butterflies to contact all of their friends, either individually or in a group, and send as many images, video and audio messages as your heart might desire. There are a few other apps out there that allow you to do the same for free, WhatsApp is $1 USD per year of use.

WiFi, the only way to have a phone that allows you to get on the internet, allowing you to get faster than network speeds, and not limited or slowing down your internet capabilities if you use over the designated amount.

Nokia tells us that we can take great images with the 2 megapixel camera, giving you dedicated hardkey for quick and easy use! It also has built-in voice guides so you wont need to stand in-front of the bathroom mirror to take your self-portraits! You can also edit images quickly for uploading that important photo to your social media pages. Don’t forget Nokia’s SLAM feature, using Bluetooth it will allowing you to share images, contacts, and more to other phones without the need to pair devices!

Other key features for Nokia Asha 210 include:
– Social phonebook integration with the ability to launch WhatsApp direct from contact cards in the Phonebook
– Preloaded YouTube launcher for direct video streaming
– Chat screen notifications that keep users up-to-date on new conversations
– Single-SIM and Dual-SIM models featuring Nokia’s exclusive EasySwap technology that enables consumers to change SIM cards without having to turn off the device
– WiFi On/Off control button
– Nokia’s renowned long battery life: up to 46 days with Single-SIM and up to 24 days with Dual-SIM

If you are interested in this NEW Nokia Asha 210, you will be able to find it on Nokia’s Official Website . You can also find the Full Specifications as well.