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Nokia Android phone tipped for 2014 launch

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Nokia 'Normandy' Android smartphone
Nokia 'Normandy' Android smartphone range

The Nokia Android phone has been tipped for a 2014 launch from another source.

Rumours surrounding the Nokia “Normandy” Android phone have been escalating of late, with the latest seemingly confirming a 2014 launch for the device.

According to the image released by notorious tech tipster @evleaks, the Nokia Android phone will launch in 2014 in a wide range of colours, running a Windows Phone 8 style iteration of Android.

The picture above came only with the caption “Nokia Normandies, 2014”, so unfortunately there’s still not much information, specs-wise, on the Nokia Android smartphone.

Preliminary specs were released by @evleaks earlier in January, with AnTuTu benchmarks suggesting the device will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel rear camera and run the latest Android 4.4.1 KitKat OS.

Unlike devices like the Google Nexus 5 that run vanilla Google Android, the Nokia Android phone will have a heavy UI that makes the OS look a lot more like Windows Phone 8 than any other manufacturer’s UX.

Earlier this month the first images of the Nokia Android UI emerged, suggesting that the device will feature calendar, call and message notification previews on the lock screen.

Unlike Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 Lumia range, the Android smartphone only has one soft touch button at the bottom of the phone, rather than the usual three. This has been supported by a number of the Normandy images that have appeared online.

The single back button suggests that the rest of the controls will be accessed by the phone’s touchscreen.

Nokia’s first Android phone is expected to be a Nokia Asha equivalent with access to more traditional apps that aren’t available on a Windows Phone device. This has always been something the company has struggled with for its Asha line.

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