First Android smartphone from Nokia with codename Normandy is often rumored in last few weeks. But Nokia reportedly has stopped that smartphone development project.
However according to a news obtained by BGR India, Nokia Normandy project still continues and even Nokia is rumored to announce the smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in February.
Microsoft as company who acquired Nokia doesn’t concern about the presence of Normandy Android smartphone and Nokia no need to pay license to Microsoft for this smartphone. This way is chosen in order the smartphone can compete with other Android products in market. Nokia Asha series, which targets mid-to-low market can’t compete with low-end Android devices.
Developers reportedly are being approached by Nokia to provide applications on Normandy smartphone. Almost 80 percent of applications on Google Play will compatible with Android platform used by Nokia on Normandy.
Normandy which is developed by Nokia doesn’t like other Android smartphones in market. Nokia modifies Android OS like what Amazon has done on Kindle Fire. Therefore, you won’t found Google services such as Google Maps, Gmail, or Google Search and will be replaced by Nokia Maps, Outlook, and Bing.