Nokia X (Normandy): not the only Nokia Android phone in the works?

Nokia X (Normandy): not the only Nokia Android phone in the works?There’s an unwritten Mobot rule that says Martin usually covers the Nokia stuff, but when the big man’s delirious from fever and currently thinks he’s 5,000 miles away in South Africa, it’s time for yours truly to step up to the plate.

The Nokia X, or Normandy (above), has seemingly been confirmed for a Mobile World Congress (MWC) launch, and now we’re hearing that there are more Nokia Android goodies in the proverbial pipeline. Say what?

Interestingly, Martin suggested on Tuesday that the Nokia Normandy could be the first of several Nokia Android handsets, despite the phone making little to no sense. Heck, he wasn't even delirious at that point.

See, Nokia is in the process of being taken over by Microsoft; Microsoft sells handsets with Windows Phone, and it’s taking a beating from the utterly dominant Android.

But G 4 Games, citing Chinese media – which in turn credits “inside sources” of Artesyn Technologies, says Nokia will expand on the Normandy project with several “Android flagship devices”.

Supposedly the Finns have several “beta” Nokia Android handsets currently awaiting FCC approval.

Ok, well, if the Nokia Normandy is indeed real, I guess there’s no reason we shouldn’t see more Nokia Android handsets along the same lines.

The only problem we have with this specific rumour is the notion of “flagship” devices, especially if they come running a decidedly forked version of Android sans Google Play access, as the case will reportedly be with the Nokia Normandy.

And when the Nokia takeover is all done and dusted, Microsoft will more directly control the high-end end stuff, while Nokia - as we know it - will be left with the Asha brand. As such, it'd make more sense to see more low-end Nokia Android devices.

For what it’s worth, these new Nokia Android handsets will supposedly arrive in “May-June”. Hmm.

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satchef1  Feb. 13, 2014 at 18:57

How many times?

Microsoft aren't buying Nokia. They are buying Nokia's devices and services division.

It's actually a ridiculously good deal for both parties, but let's focus for a moment on the Nokia side of things. Devices and Services was large, bloated and was burning through money at a pace that Nokia couldn't possibly afford to keep up. However, there are other parts of the business (HERE, NSN) that actually are turning a profit. Microsoft have removed the Devices and Services burden and left a much smaller, leaner and more profitable company.

Losing Devices and Services doesn't prevent Nokia from releasing new handsets - there's still a lot of expertise within the company. Instead it creates a profitable enterprise without all of the previous bloat and inefficiencies. There's now a very real opportunity to rebuild the handset business in a way that is profitable, and Normandy is likely the first step on this journey. I wouldn't expect anything stellar to begin with - the focus is going to be on turning a profit, not rapidly building market share - but over the long term it might work. They are certainly in the best position they have been in for a long time - the business is secure, profitable, has cash in the bank and employs some very capable and talented people.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 13, 2014 at 20:27

I hate Microsoft, but I'd find it quite interesting if Nokia/MS pulled of a weird surprise stunt - release a high-end Android device, with a 1020-like camera, and all of Nokia's goodies...

That "Normandy" thing seems so pointless - it cannot be the only one, can it?????????

moonmonkey  Feb. 14, 2014 at 02:03

Nokia won't do Android. Won't happen

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 14, 2014 at 08:15

moonmonkey,
I think you might be right

ghatch  Feb. 15, 2014 at 01:06

[quote]I'd find it quite interesting if Nokia/MS pulled of a weird surprise stunt - release a high-end iOS device, with a 1020-like camera, and all of Nokia's goodies...

:)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 15, 2014 at 06:39

I meant "Android" not iOS hahaha

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