UPDATE: Images of Nokia’s first Android phone leak
An upcoming phone being made by Nokia code-named “Normandy” has pretty much only been seen as renders until today, when @seamissu leaked a photo of the device on Twitter.
The device was first seen in November thanks to @evleaks, and it has been said that Nokia has the device nearly ready for consumer release.
Reports have suggested that Nokia has forked Android, similar to how Amazon uses it, to create a customized operating system, a move that gives more control over the experience, differentiating it from other Android devices, while still allowing most Android apps to work on it.
Previous leaks have also suggested that the device has one capacitive back button, is running Android 4.4 KitKat with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and that its OS has styling similar to that of Nokia Windows Phone devices.
One other photo was leaked today by Chinese blogger Zhang Zhicheng.
This photo supposedly shows the Android app launcher on the device, but it could be an order version since the UI doesn’t exactly match up with the polish of some previous leaks.
Who knows if this device will ever see the light of day as Nokia is awaiting final notification of the acquisition of its Devices and Services division to Microsoft, expected at the end of this quarter.
UPDATE: @evleaks leaked another photo of the Normandy today with the caption “Nokia Normandies, 2014″. This one shows what appears to be the homescreen and has a Metro-like UI, similar to that seen on Windows Phone and Windows 8.