Normandy – Asha of Android phones?
Normandy was the missing link till yesterday but now Verge has revealed that Nokia is making Android devices under different code names.
The Nokia device code named Normandy looks very similar to the Asha series however according to the verge, this device runs on the “fork” Version of Android.
As the verge cited, Nokia is working on multiple code names for making low-end Android devices. Normandy is said to be the Asha of Android devices and said to be released during 2014.
Google’s Android is used in devices in two different ways.
- Open Handset Alliance (OHA)
Open handset Alliance is used by Samsung and LG which is said to be the official method of using android. The forked way of using the android is quite the opposite, something similar to the amazon kindle HD’s OS which technically runs android but doesn’t have the google play and other google’s main Services.
The Verge’s source says:
Normandy is designed as an Asha equivalent to push low-cost devices with access to more traditional smartphone apps — something the company has struggled to achieve for its Series 40-powered Asha line.
Nokia has been developing and testing Android devices despite the Nokia-Microsoft deal. The question is whether Nokia will release this Android version of devices or not. If yes, will that be before the Nokia-Microsoft deal or after the deal? Will this still be the back-out plan for Nokia?
The Verge has also confirmed that Normandy might also have various other code names internally at Nokia which hints about the device code named Mountain View. We have got this information earlier stating that Nokia is working on a low end Android device code named Mountain View. Is Normandy yet another android device or Normandy is also known as the Mountain View?
Whatever it is, I hope Nokia will not be releasing this device officially breaking the Microsoft’s affinity. Comment your thoughts below!