Nokia has been supporting the Windows Phone with all their strength and resilience, yet they are perfectly aware that they’re fighting a losing battle. Reports from The Verge are saying that Nokia has been working on an Android phone for quite a while now. This device, named Normandy, might be introduced to the market sometime next year if the rumors are correct.
Normandy will reportedly be a low-cost Android smartphone, similar to Asha. Even so, it will be capable of running all the popular apps, a feature that Asha phones didn’t have. These reports are also saying that Nokia is working on the device regardless of how their partners at Microsoft feel about it, with efforts being put into the project at full gear.
It wasn’t long ago that their entire deal with Microsoft was in danger because of Nokia’s commitment to Android, and according to their CEO, they made the right choice going with Windows Phone. We actually wrote an article on the subject at the time. It wasn’t long after that we did another one about the exodus of bright minds leaving Nokia to start their own company, a company that focuses on Android phones as well.
It will be interesting to see if Nokia follows through with this, considering their agreement with Microsoft according to which they are not allowed to license any Nokia phones of their own. We are unaware of how long their agreement with Microsoft will last, although sources are saying that it’s around 10 years. If this is true, it will be interesting to see how Nokia goes about releasing their Android smartphone.