Another day, another leak. For all those still wondering whether Nokia would launch its first Android smartphone codenamed Normandy, here’s yet another proof for you. A new leaked press shot courtesy our favorite tipster @evleaks reveals the Windows Phone Live Tiles inspired homescreen of the smartphone. The shot also reveals that the Normandy will be available in six colors – black, white, blue, red, yellow and green. Also Read - OnePlus Nord 2 Indian variant catches fire after battery explodes, company responds
Like BGR India exclusively reported earlier this month, Nokia’s forked Android strategy is about replacing the current S40-running Asha devices with more powerful Android smartphones at the low-end $100 smartphone price point. Like the photo reveals, it will be aimed at making Microsoft services like Skype available to first-time smartphone users, which is currently not possible on the current Asha line-up. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi 12 to come with new LPDDR5X RAM, unannounced Snapdragon 898 chip
Also revealed in the screenshot is Nokia’s own app store, which Nokia is currently curating. As we have reported earlier, Nokia is courting some of the top Android app developers to make their wares available on its forked Android platform. From what we have learnt after talking to some app developers, porting their apps to Nokia’s Android app store is not difficult and changes are required only when the app calls upon certain Google services like Maps, which won’t be available on forked Android. Also Read - Windows 11 out now in “reliable” beta version, allows Dev Channel users to switch
Microsoft and Nokia would have substitutes for most of the Google services. Google Maps will be replaced by Nokia Maps, Google Search by Bing, Gmail by Outlook and so on. The only major missing piece in the puzzle would be YouTube for which neither company has a good alternative.
Yesterday, another photo of a prototype had leaked that displayed the internal UI, which is very similar to that of the current Asha phones. We expect Nokia to unveil the Normandy at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.