Nokia whose mobile business is being looked after by Microsoft and soon will be owned by it is ready to unveil its first Android Smartphone in a couple of weeks.
The device has been code named Normandy and will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress which opens on February 24 2014 in Barcelona. The story was reported by the Wall Street Journal on Monday. The publication sourced its information to “people familiar with the matter.”
The news and leaks about the device has been floating for some time now and the device has been labeled as a low cost version and will be targeted for the emerging markets.
It was reported earlier that Nokia was dabbling with an Android Smartphone for some time just before Microsoft took over the business of the Finnish company’s mobile division. Nokia was one the biggest player in the mobile business but was pushed off board by the entry of new players like Android and Apple smartphones. Nokia decided to adopt the Windows OS platform about three years ago.
Nokia will be following the Amazon route with its Kindle tablet running on the Android platform which is a customized version of the Google OS platform which is featured on other Android smartphones and tablets.
Microsoft and Nokia should be perfecting something similar to the Customized Kindle Editions of the Android OS. The Non Google services of the duo will surely attract takers and this could include Nokia’s Here maps, Mix Radio, and a Nokia app store featuring Android apps. The merger between Microsoft and Nokia Mobile is still not finished so it is not clear if Microsoft services will also be featured.
It would be a groundbreaking move for Microsoft though not surprising because it runs Linux and other application platforms in its cloud services, and it could run other platforms on its devices