Naina KhedekarJan 29, 2014 07:30:00 IST
As we get closer to the Mobile World Congress next month, rumours around the Nokia Android phone are getting stronger. A new leak has revealed that the Nokia Android phone aka Normandy aka Nokia X will ditch the Google Play Store and have support for the Nokia Store instead. So, if you were thinking of getting your hands on the best of Android apps using the Nokia phone, then you may be disappointed. A tweet by prolific tipster evleaks reveals a list of specs for the Android phone including support for the Nokia store. And there's no mention of Google Play Services either, which enables the cloud-syncing and app updates, as well as updates to Google apps.
The phone is believed to run a heavily skinned version of Android 4.4. KitKat, making it look more like a Windows Phone, rather than your average Android phone. The specs leaked by evleaks appear to be similar to the ones listed earlier by a Vietnamese retailer. However, there was no mention of the Google app store.
The rumoured Nokia X is likely to sport a 4-inch 800×480 display and come powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. It is expected to support dual SIM functionality along with 4GB onboard storage, microSD card slot, 5-megapixel camera and 1500MAh battery.
Though rumours and leaks are dime a dozen, Nokia has been tight lipped about the device. A company spokesperson reportedly refused to acknowledge any smartphone named Nokia X. We have previously seen the Normany leak in six vivid colours, and the colour palette resembles the one seen in the latest Nokia Asha devices. In fact we’ve seen several engineering prototypes or renders of the Normandy so far. We’ve also seen the screenshots of the UI.
There has been wide speculation that Nokia may push out its low-end Asha series running on Android OS, and camouflage it with a completely different UI, something we’ve seen Amazon do in the past. On the other hand, company’s high-end Lumia device would still run on Windows Phone OS. Going by the leaks and rumours so far, this looks more and more likely.