Expected out in the days leading up to IFA 2014, at a press event recently teased by Microsoft, the Nokia Lumia 830 is a visual mystery no more, at least if we assume the newest slate of “leaked” photos is legitimate.
Next month’s IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin is shaping up to be quite plentiful in mobile device announcements, with Samsung, Sony, Huawei and now Microsoft confirmed to bring new gear in the capital of Germany.
It looks like what’s left of Nokia after Microsoft purchased its mobile device business might have comeback plans for the smartphone market, with Android front and center.
No stranger to the kind-hearted publicity stunts that have made HTC look so noble recently, Microsoft is back in cheap jab mode, going for Apple’s jugular from two directions at once in the latest Nokia Lumia 635 commercial.
While Microsoft’s lack of interest in developing hardware (loosely) based on Android was always obvious, and the end of Nokia’s X experiment predictable, we sure didn’t expect Redmond to pull the plug so soon after the X2 unveil.
Basically acknowledging its debut Android effort was a bad judgment call, Nokia Microsoft refined and upgraded the X, delivering a much beefier, worthier low-cost rival for Motorola’s Moto E: the X2 “with Android apps”.
Anyone worried Nokia’s future in the hardware manufacturing business might be looking bleak on the heels of Microsoft’s highly publicized purchase should unwind, as a hefty “Team Nokiasoft” product roadmap has been divulged.
This may sound hard to believe, but Microsoft is allegedly willing to make a pact with the devil and roll out a second-generation Android-based Nokia X smartphone before long.
Nokia is expected to continue focusing on Windows Phone-based hardware despite dipping its toes in Android’s openness recently, and the next WP handheld is likely called Lumia 630.
Nokia’s surprising trio of Android-based smartphones will reportedly be restricted to “growth markets”, thus dodging North America, and should run 75% of existing Android apps with no glitches or tweaks needed.
Nokia’s Stephen Elop earlier today took the Mobile World Congress stage to officially showcase the company’s first ever Android-running smartphone, the notorious X, along with the surprising X+ and XL.
Chinese media is today raving about Nokia’s future Android plans, as unnamed sources “on the inside” suggest the Normandy will be followed by several other handhelds based on Google’s mobile OS, the first of which might land as soon as May.
Vietnam’s biggest online retailer looks to have jumped the gun a bit, listing the unannounced Nokia Normandy as a “new launch” and detailing its unexpected Google Play, Google Search, Google Now, Maps, Gmail and YouTube support.
The latest in a long line of Nokia Normandy-centric rumors calls for the company’s purported first Android device to be marketed as the Nokia X and get an official announcement in late February, at the Mobile World Congress.
The outrageous rumor du jour this beginning of the week calls for something even wilder from Nokia than the increasingly believable Android-running Normandy handheld, namely a Lumia 1520 mini with double the zip of Sony’s “unapologetic” Xperia Z1 Compact.
A new set of unofficial pics showcasing the way Nokia intends to blend Android and Windows Phone on the upcoming Normandy handheld has surfaced online, along with possible hints as to the timing of the release.
The plot surrounding Nokia’s Android phone continues to thicken, with the latest leak offering a look at the actual device and a part of its interface.
A couple of pics showing an “About phone” screen and AnTuTu benchmark allegedly executed on the so-called Nokia Normandy seem to confirm the OEM’s first Android release is still very much on.
The interwebs went bonkers when the first rumors of a Nokia-made Android-powered device emerged, then calmed down all of a sudden as word of a predictable cancelation came, but the Normandy saga is far from over, as the launch may still be on.
Less than 24 hours after bringing word of the latest deadline rumored for Nokia Lumia 929’s release and the phone’s surprising final market name – Lumia Icon – new sources weigh in on both the ETA and device branding.