Nokia will use the forthcoming Mobile World Congress event to launch its much–vaunted Android phone, it has emerged.
Codenamed Normandy and believed to be officially called Nokia X, the new device will use a forked version of Android, much like Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets.
‘People familiar with the matter’ have told the Wall Street Journal that the phone will be revealed in Barcelona.
The news comes after a series of leaks, alongside reports that Nokia’s new owner Microsoft was unhappy about using Google’s platform to power the low–budget handset.
Now it seems the Big M has been talked round to the idea of a Nokia Android phone. Interestingly, though, the forked version of the OS will not use any Google services and instead come with Microsoft and Nokia software.
That roster will include Nokia’s own app store and its excellent Here Maps, which runs rings around most mapping software.
Nokia will be aiming the device at emerging markets, where it used to dominate. The rise of cheap Android devices, however, has seen its business squeezed, especially in once-core markets such as India, where 93% of handsets now use Google’s smartphone platform.