Nokia’s Android Project Normandy

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Nokia is working on Android-based smartphone while getting prepared to offload its tech department to Microsoft, reports The Verge.

The code name is Normandy, and the project really is under development; Nokia’s tech wizards develop the Android OS from base code into something that would be very different from Google’s current releases. Developers call it ‘forked’ versioning and will allow Nokia create its own Android-based ecosystem, different from that of Google.

Nokia have explicitly stated their frustration with Microsoft’s Windows Phone slow progress in the past, especially the weak apps offers of Windows Store as compared to those of Google Play and iTunes. Bryan Biniak, Nokia’s Vice-President nearly condemned Microsoft for its snail-like pace in mobile industry.

He told to International Business Times in July that ‘To give you a reason to switch platforms, I need to make sure the apps that you care about on your device are not only on our phones, but are better. I also need to provide you unique experiences that you can’t get on your other devices… As a company, we do not want to rely on somebody else and sit and wait for them to get it right.’

Nokia’s Normandy supposedly supports a large number of popular Android apps, such as Skype, but the Microsoft’s approaching acquisition, it is not entirely clear whether the project will hit the market in 2014 as was planned initially.