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Is Nokia Normandy = Windows Phone + Android?

New Delhi: Latest leaked images, posted on January 16 by @evleaks, of the alleged Nokia 'Normandy' handset shows an operating system that looks very much like the Windows Phone interface grafted onto Android. If at
India TV News Desk January 27, 2014 10:23 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Latest leaked images, posted on January 16 by @evleaks, of the alleged Nokia 'Normandy' handset shows an operating system that looks very much like the Windows Phone interface grafted onto Android. If at all it is true, then this will make Normandy a good entry-level phone for emerging markets.

The leaks show a Nokia modified user interface that has similar tiles to what are found on Windows Phone in a similar multi-size setup. They house similar apps too: Internet, Store, Twitter, Skype, Nokia Here maps, BlackBerry Messenger, a Camera and more. There's the same black background and white text interface like Windows Phone 8.

In the past one month, lots of images of Nokia's Android-powered Normandy phone have popped up in several leaked photos. And if the device does see light of the day, it is likely to sit just above some of Nokia's entry-level Asha devices. Market reports also suggest that Normandy could serve as a vehicle to get people on the Nokia/Microsoft bandwagon before they move to a Windows Phone device.

However, despite all the buzz, it is not clear when Microsoft and Nokia plan to release the Android-based handset, but in all probability it will come out after the buyout deal between Microsoft and Nokia closes in the first quarter of 2014.