News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday December 11, 2013.
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Nokia planned to release an Android smartphone prior to news that Microsoft would purchase its handset division for $7.2 billion. Despite expectations that the project was likely to be killed, Nokia is continuing work on its "Normandy" Android phone and may release it before the Microsoft deal is finalized.
Tom Warren of The Verge claims that multiple sources say that Nokia is "full steam ahead" with development of an Android phone. Though the codenamed Normandy device looks like a Lumia Windows Phone on the outside, it lacks physical navigation buttons and would run a heavily customized, forked version of Android, a strategy employed by Amazon for its Kindle Fire products. The phone is supposedly aimed at the low-end market Nokia currently targets with Asha phones, only it uses the more popular and familiar Android operating system as a way to attract more customers.
Nokia reportedly planned to release an Android smartphone in 2014 and it is required to continue through with those plans until the Microsoft deal is finalized. Microsoft has received the necessary approval from Nokia shareholders and the US and EU government, but the deal has not been officially closed. There's a very slim chance that the Normandy phone may be released, but the likelihood remains small because Microsoft purchased Nokia's handset division to prevent its number one Windows Phone supplier from supporting Android.source: The Verge
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