UPDATE: An image of the Nokia Normandy phone app launcher has now leaked online.
Coming courtesy of a Weibo user, the Nokia Android phone is shown without the protective casing of the photo of the photo leaked earlier today.
Instead the focus is on the phone’s screen, which apparently gives us a look at Nokia’s Android app launcher UI.
To us, it seems to lack Nokia’s usual polish and we hope its an early build of the Finnish company’s UI.
Earlier this month, further images of the Nokia Android UI leaked online. What we saw then was definitely more like what we were expecting from Nokia.
The much rumoured Nokia ‘Normandy’ Android phone has leaked once again, this time in the form of a photo of a prototype unit.
Last month saw a number of leaked tidbits concerning an Android-powered Nokia smartphone – something that had seemed incredibly unlikely up to that point. Thanks to Nokia’s siding with and subsequent purchase by Microsoft, such a concept was merely the stuff of tech fan fantasies.
But then numerous reputable publications published claims that such a device had at least been developed in the background, and at best could see the light of day as a new budget line akin to the Asha series. We’ve even seen some preliminary specs for the device.
Now we’ve seen another leaked image from Chinese social network Weibo. It apparently shows “the engineering prototype of Nokia Normandy,” seemingly in a protective (or form-disguising) case.
Also evident is that single capacitive back key at the bottom of the device, where you’d normally expect a home button to go.
Just to clarify those claims of an Android-powered Nokia phone – the Nokia Normandy apparently runs on a forked version of Google’s mobile OS, which would mean that it probably won’t resemble the Android UI that we’ve all become familiar with.
Indeed, as with the similarly forked Amazon Kindle Fire range, it could be that the Nokia Normandy won’t feature the Google Play Store and its hundreds of thousands of apps. Rather, the Normandy could represent a completely separate platform, with only the underlying software structure being shared with the Nexus 5 and co.
Expect to hear more from the Nokia Normandy in 2014.
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