We thought Normandy was the only Android phone Nokia was working on. But now it has emerged that the - soon to be Microsoft owned - mobile division of Nokia is planning multiple Android devices to be unveiled in 2014.
In an equally important rumour, it is now emerging that Microsoft is working on enabling Android apps to work on Windows and Windows Mobile devices.
Quoting sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, The Verge reports that the opinion within Microsoft is divided as “some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether,” The report said.
BlackBerry recently allowed Android apps into its platform but the decision is yet to materialise in terms of sales.
It is no secret that app developers have always flocked to the iOS platform closely followed by Android. One latest report by Developer Economics indicates that Android has taken over iOS by a slight margin.
While Android is preferred by 34.4 per cent of app developers, iOS has about 32.7 per cent of mobile developers time. Windows Phone on the other hand has just 4.5 per cent.
The report however adds that while iOS and Android are equally important to developers who cater to the consumer segment, those targeting enterprises prefer to opt for iOS.
And it is keeping the consumer segment in mind that Nokia is gearing up for its first Android smartphone.
The Normandy according to rumours could be unveiled later this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the phone will come with some Microsoft and Nokia apps preinstalled and may not provide access to some of the Google-developed features or Android apps from the Google Play storefront.
Evleaks was the first to leak images of what it thinks could be Nokia’s Android phone. Meanwhile, there have also been reports that Nokia plans to release more than one Android device this year. While the first one at MWC would be a low-end device, expect more high-end versions in the months to follow.
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