08
Jan
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Nokia's rumored Android phone, the Normandy, has popped up a few times in leaked pics, but we've never seen the UI until now. In the newest images, the Android interface designed by Nokia is on display for all to see.

The lock screen has a rather Windows Phone vibe with large offset text and notification panels down at the bottom. There are also screens from the Skype and Viber apps. Notably, the status bar shows two separate SIM cards with their own signal bars. There are no virtual buttons on the Normandy, which is a little odd considering the single hardware button. The Normandy might be completely changing the way Android works to match Nokia's feature phone aesthetic.

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Even with Microsoft set to acquire Nokia's Devices and Services division, it looks like the Normandy might still happen. By all accounts, it looks like a low-end dual-SIM phone with Android. It's not likely to be competitive with Nokia's Windows Phone products – it might not even come to the US.

[@evleaks]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • AquaMorph

    Yuck

  • sri_tech

    I like this UI better than Touchwiz (including new leaked touchwiz UI)

    • Hans Pedersen

      It's basically a WP skin for Android. As long as it's not as boring and useless as WP it might work...

      • Franco Rossel

        I wouldn't go as far to consider WP as useless, but it's indeed repetitive.

  • Mkvarner

    Those statusbar icons are way to high up.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Kind'a looks like MIUI's...well, UI ^-^;;

    • Brett

      I was thinking the same. Always liked Miui UI, but weary about Chinese connection. If Nokia brought a similar experience with security, I would be very interested.

      • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

        what Chinese connection?

  • mgamerz

    I don't see commander shepard anywhere on it.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      He doesn't use it, he got a lot of bullshit on the line.

    • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

      "I'm commander Shepard, and this is my favorite phone on the citadel"

  • Evriviadis Karagitsis

    I don't like it at all. Very poor design. Nokia lost the train ages ago. They better stick with Windows Phone. If they want Android they have to take it seriously at least and not creating those Windows Phone inspired cheap Androids. They look horrible and the market is full of cheap Android phone which are ages better than this.

    • Hans Pedersen

      I agree. If you over-do the "metro" style, it just gets too sterile and boring.

    • ProductFRED

      Or...

      *intentionally

    • Merri Mogridge

      I used to love Nokia, but Microsoft changed that. High end Nokia hardware with Android would have been amazing!

    • Sayantan

      N9 like UI.

    • flibblesan

      None of these images show the design of the UI though. Those images have third party apps. I have a suspicion that these are user-created mockups rather than "leaks".

  • DopeJam

    This is unfortunate. If nokia would go with android "flag ship" they could mix the cards and not only for android users. All they have to do settle hardware power somewhere between latest iphone and galaxy s series including the price between those two and they would move from bottom where they are up to the top. Throw in 41mpx camera(10.2 ultra pixel) and they are back...but ...no...they have to spend years of pushing there own os even when everyone knew long ago it wont work and now MS.....

  • mark

    Given the 2% windows phone marketshare, this is likely to vastly outsell wp. Windows phone is also very entry level

    • mgamerz

      I don't like WP, but come on, an entry level android phone going to break 2% marketshare?

      • blah

        WP in Total is less than 2pc globally across the range

        • mgamerz

          Yeah and that implies this phone will still sell millions. Which we both know it won't.

  • Ahmed

    I dont know if i can believe that this phone is real. It looks like the Nokia asha, a lower end phone with dual sim running on Nokia's own OS. This: http://m.gsmarena.com/nokia_asha_502_dual_sim-5795.php

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    "Remember the old days when you could just slap Symbian on everything?"

    • Franco Rossel

      Yes, I do. They were awesome.

  • Ishaan Rajiv

    Wait.. So is this going to be certified for Google Play Store, or are Nokia pulling off an Amazon and creating their own version of Android with separate appstore?

    • Franco Rossel

      Most probably they are doing a Amzon-like thing, with Microsoft services instead of Google.

  • mlj11

    If they're gonna use Android, why modify the UI so much that it's basically unrecognisable from the stock experience? The only reason I can think of is that they can't / aren't allowed to use WP in the market segment this device is meant to target.

    Even so (and regardless whether my speculation is accurate), a part of me hopes that this outsells other Nokia WP devices, if only to show how wrong Stephen Elop's decision was to disavow Android and hop into bed with Microsoft.

    • dudi

      Why wrong? WP has about 10% in Europe, and Nokia practically sells 100% of WP. So Nokia has about 10% Market share. Who is doing better? Only Apple and Samsung. Not LG, not Sony, not any of the other Android OEM. Would anyone guarantee that if Nokia went Android in 2011 it would be like Samsung? By that time Samsung already released the S1, and was about to release the S2, taking over Android. Nokia went WP and with a partner like MSFT, cash rich and aggressive, they will continue to grow. Probably will not be bigger than total Android, but doing MUCH best than most Android OEMs...

      • mlj11

        Because Nokia could have chosen to make phones for both platforms instead of going solely with WP.

        • dudi

          They didn't have the money to do it back then. The WP exclusivity deal gave them the cash they needed and saved them. Now, I think that what you see is their attempt to do what you suggest- have WP in the high end and replace s40 with Android in the low end (thus saving s40 development costs and ecosystem maintenance)

          • mlj11

            I seriously doubt they didn't have the money. If they wanted to save cash, they could have something similar to some other OEMs and developed one "chassis" (phone design) for use by both "engines" (OS).

      • didibus

        Well, not a partner anymore, Nokia phone division is Microsoft now

  • SuperMario7

    I'd buy a Nokia Android phone instantly, I think people have gotten so used to poorly built phones in the last 4-5 years, even now the build quality on any of Nokia's flagship devices is better than 99% of the flimsy plastic junk out there. I like my Nexus 5 but in terms of materials and build quality it's totally crap when compared to my 3 year old Nokia N8 or even the E71 which was like a tiny beautiful metallic tank that I have lying around the house... I could smash a Galaxy S4 or my Nexus 5 into little bits with the N8 and there'd barely be a scratch on the Nokia. And when I mean quality build, I'm referring to everything from great call quality, quality speakers, great cameras with real xenon flash, to the physical build of the phone

    The only reason Nokia fell behind was because they stuck with the really outdated S60 (there was no multi touch on those freakin things, and they were capacative which meant the screens were so easy to scratch) even when there were iPhones and Android phones circa 2007-2008, by the time they actually came up with a competent OS in the shape of Symbian 3 with the launch of the N8 in 2010 it was too late and obviously Windows Phone wasn't a good move, even now there's things you can do on Symbian that you still can't do on Android or iOS out of the box. So yeah I'd totally welcome a Nokia Android phone as it would be the best mobile phone by quite some distance, best build + best OS = unbeatable phone.

    • John Smith

      I agree on the LED flash... if I ever see the flash trigger I know the pic is going to be shite and I turn off flash, change mode, and retake the pic.

    • gargi

      This build quality joke is starting to get old. The screen will break on any phone depending on how you drop it and it has nothing to do with "build quality"... And yes, I too had the E71 and loved it, but I remember the dust building between the layers of the screen, the battery cover latch getting twisted if you open it too ofter, and Nokia has similar problems with the Lumia 920 with dust building under the front camera... On the other hand I have a "cheap plastic" Gnex for almost two years, with no case or screen protector, it fell more than once and it is still ok.
      For a $350 price a N5 is a much better deal than a "quality built" Lumia 925 for almost twice as much.

  • X3HaloEd

    The obvious question that no one is asking is:

    How is this going to work without any kind of obvious 'home' button?

    • Smartss

      On screen nav buttons?

  • Sunil K

    whatever you say, I really liked the notifications on the first screen, any idea how can I get this on my android now?

    • MSmith79

      There are multiple lock screens out there now that have notifications.

      • Sunil K

        There are many, can you suggest one if you have tried?

        • MSmith79

          Yeah. One popular one is one that is a direct copy of the much loved Moto X lock screen: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greatbytes.activenotifications

          I personally didn't love it, but others swear by it. Another popular one is:

          https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roymam.android.notificationswidget

          Again though...personally didn't love it. I ended up getting rid of the lock screen altogether though, so your best bet is to go the play store and search for lock screen notifications and find one that suits you best.

          • Sunil K

            @MSmith79 thanks for the reply, I am also not a person for lockscreens widgets, but in the photo, its kinds looks cool and it doesnt look like a LS widget but a home screen notification which may appear when you swipe them off but gives you the complete view or can take you to the app straight, thats why I liked it.. searching from the links you sent. I have Moto X

          • MSmith79

            Ahh....yeah. So, the first one I sent it wouldn't be good for you since you already have the real deal on your Moto X. The second one is an LS Widget, so that probably wouldn't be great either. But search around on the Play Store as others have appeared. Good luck

    • cy_n_ic

      Use the photo as a wallpaper :)

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    If Nokia thinks they are going to make a custom Android experience and people are going to be okay with this, they are crazy. They should just keep making Windows phones.

  • MSmith79

    Why include a screenshot of Skype? Adds nothing, except the little nod of the hat that they're throwing to Microsoft.

  • erikiksaz

    Nokia can go fsck themselves. I was very interested in a Nokia android devices, but with all this litigation, they're going the way of Apple.

  • Leonardo Baez

    Why bother nokia....

  • jonathan3579

    That's just disgusting.

  • jj

    That's fake. Because 2nd picture is exactly from the Viber app no doubt it.

  • tintin.92

    Why does it only have a back button?

  • Elliot Kotis

    I like that idea

  • Aravind J Nampoothiry

    If its true,its surely gonna be aimed at emerging markets,like India,the names of the people in the pics are of Indians

  • Aditya Bhatt

    No front cam and runs Skype ?