Android on Nokia Normandy may look like this

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 8, 2014

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The case for the death of the Nokia Normandy seems increasingly weak, as new reports reveal details about the phone’s UI and some of its possible specs.

Reports of the Android-powered Nokia Normandy first appeared in December, with The Verge and AllThingsD reporting independently that development of the device was underway and that Microsoft was actually considering allowing it to hit the market. Soon after, Chinese publication CTechCN claimed that Nokia had given up on the idea.

@evleaks chimed in to deny that Normandy has been put to pasture, and today he came with a proof of sorts. The renders above allegedly show the user interface of Nokia’s Android implementation. At first glance, we can tell that the idea was to transplant some of the esthetic of Windows Phone to the Android paradigm. Indeed, according to Ina Fried on AllThingsD, one of the main goals of the project is to accustom users of Nokia’s entry-level smartphones to Windows Phone.

We have no way of knowing if the screenshots are real and current, but an unrelated report seems to add credence to the theory that the Normandy is on track to becoming a real product. An entry for a device called Nokia A110 running Android 4.4.2 allegedly surfaced in the database of the AnTuTu benchmarking site. The caveat is there’s no way of verifying the veracity of the screenshots below, which first surfaced on Weibo.


If real, the screenshots show the A110 with a 5MP camera and 854 x 480 resolution, along with a Snapdragon processor, all of which seem plausible specs for an entry-level smartphone like the Normandy.

What do you think?

  • AndroidBoss

    This looks way better than Windows 8.

    • Androgen

      That’s the point :D

  • Juba The Hut

    Not Exactly the most decisive UI images …

    • Android Developer

      yes, it shows 2 apps (skype and viber), and the notification area has 2 antenna icons on the left…

      • Ãbhïshek Kumar

        Coz its a Dual Sim phone…

        • Android Developer

          but they are on the left. i never saw them on the left…

          • Ãbhïshek Kumar

            It’s Nokia you know… they like to do different but sometimes they over do stuff like these…

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            i don’t think it’s a problem. from what i remember oppo N1 has a similar layout. anyway you can easily set the iconas where you want modifying the systemUI

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            maybe you’ve not checked out oppo N1 layout ;) have you?

          • Android Developer

            yes, i never looked at the upper area on images of it.
            probably because the rest of the screen is more interesting.
            here, however, there is almost no clue as to what they changed. they could put just the left image, since the others are of apps…

  • MasterMuffin

    “entry for a device called Nokia A110 running Android 4.4.2” pretty sure both pictures have 4.4.1. Anyways can’t really judge based on 3 screenshots that really don’t show anything, but it doesn’t look ugly at least!

  • suryavanshi

    and it shows indian names…it sure is focused on emerging markets….

  • Cal Rankin

    Looks just like Nokia’s Asha OS.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Nokia + Root + CM = me gusta.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      my dream!! how could i forget my first phone nokia 3310??

  • systemupdate

    if you could change the Tile Background at least or even Live Wallpaper in Win 8 phones and I would switch.

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    how can you use android only with the “back” botton?? where menu and home are?

    • Winston Purnomo

      It’s a custom interface, like the Fire OS on the Kindle Fire tablets.

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    anyway android + nokia is my dream. i’ll buy that only for that

  • Bone Cracker

    Better than WP8.

  • SeraZR™

    Looks similar to MIUI