Plans for 'Normandy' Android phone scrapped as Nokia focuses on wearables

Plans for 'Normandy' Android phone scrapped as Nokia focuses on wearablesRumours that Nokia is working on an Android smartphone right under the noses of new owner Microsoft appear finally to have been laid to rest.

The web has been awash with claims that Nokia is pulling out the stops to get the Android-based “Normandy” handset to market next year, despite having sold its phone business to Microsoft in a deal announced in September.

However, the site behind the original claim – China's C Technology – now says Nokia has shelved its plans for a late raid into Android-land.

The site claims Nokia had in fact been working on several cheap Android handsets, as well as a Snapdragon 400-based 7in tablet, with work being headed up by Nokia head of UX design Peter Skillman.

The efforts were being overseen by the Nokia CTO organisation, which isn't included in the Microsoft buyout, so was able to continue working on the project independently even after the £4.6bn deal was announced.

Consequently, any move to abandon the idea has been made by Nokia itself with no direct input from Microsoft. But with the contract with Microsoft stipulating that Nokia cannot sell any smartphones, feature phones or tablets under its own name for two years, scrapping the project is the only sensible option.

C Tech instead claims that Nokia will focus its efforts going forward on embracing emerging technologies such as wireless power, flexible displays, augmented reality and graphene sensors as part of a longer-term plan to become a key player in the rapidly growing wearables sector.

Via Unwired View

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