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.