Previously known as “project N”, the Normandy or Nokia X is the “Asha on Linux project” and “MView”, a low-end Android device under development by Nokia. Nokia’s first released Android device, this project is described as a potential “game changer” and has gained considerable attention from the media, including coverage from New York Times, Stuff, Forbes, Engadget, The Verge, Gizmodo, CNET, Times of India.
The development of the Asha-like device, codenamed “Normandy”, is still continuing, despite the finalization of the acquisition. The online publication AllThingsD mentioned that Microsoft might not really axe development on the device.
According to NokiaPowerUser, the device is dual-sim with a 4-inch display, with a 640×360 resolution and it is expected to be released at Mobile World Congress on 24 February 2014. Nokia already sent out invitations to its press event, where the gadget would be revealed if it is not cancelled by Microsoft.
Since Nokia’s Windows Phone contract came to an end, rumours divulge that Normandy might be an advantageous bargaining chip. When Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services section is accomplished, Microsoft really should incorporate Android.
However, all the online discussions and the rumours on Nokia X have been launched by unsubstantiated leaks. Microsoft having their own Android device is a thought that the researchers really should take into consideration.
Microsoft has a substantial investment in cloud services for their customers. Hotmail, Outlook, assistance for multiple calendars, an address book that links to the principal and most used online social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and also offering online storage space with SkyDrive. Users of Windows Phone will benefit of automatically back up to the cloud their photos and videos, but these are not the only advantages. Their calendar modifications will be synchronized over the air when they will happen and they can get in touch with people from a central point, regardless of the network they are on.
If Microsoft releases this Nokia gadget with Android handset, it would be closely attached to their online services, just like Nexus handsets are linked to Google’s. This would be, for sure, a victory for Microsoft. Presuming the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services team proceeds, the power of Asha would go on and Microsoft would possess another platform to include in their cloud.
It is somewhat simple to find Android variants in the smartphone world. From Chinese markets, CyanogenMod and Amazon’s Kindle Fire OS, to BlackBerry’s brilliant use of Android for the BB10 software and also the compatibility with Android provided by the Jolla handset, all this facts prove that Android can’t be denied by Microsoft.