Nokia’s Android phone project, known internally as Normandy, is allegedly “full steam ahead,” according to unnamed sources that spoke with The Verge. The report claims the device is being worked on like any other phone despite Microsoft’s impending acquisition of Nokia’s handset business. The picture you see above, posted by @evleaks on Nov. 25, is most definitely Nokia’s Android device, The Verge says, and features a specially forked version à la Amazon’s Kindle Fire OS. The design is similar to Asha handsets Nokia unveiled in Abu Dhabi in October.
Sources say the device will support Android applications, and will be aligned to tackle the low-end market. In a report from September from The New York Times said Nokia was—past tense—working on multiple Android devices, but that initiative was eventually nixed following Microsoft’s interest. The plot thickened later that month when a similar report again ignited Nokia Android phone development, saying the device could cater to mid-range customers. Whatever the case, development is still underway. Or was.
Microsoft’s Nokia deal has been given the green light on multiple occasions recently, and chances are the Redmond company will want nothing to do with the Normandy phone. The chances of Nokia getting the phone out before everything is official are likely slim, so even though development is ongoing, don’t get your hopes up of the Nokia Normandy ever sitting in your pocket. Go ahead and daydream, though. You can still do that.