Nokia slipping out its own teasers for alleged Android device

Mobile World Congress

Nokia X; at this point we'll be more surprised if we don't see it at Mobile World Congress on Monday. The device more commonly known as Normandy, alleged to run some construction of Android and tagged as a potential Asha replacement is now even being teased by Nokia itself. That's a giant, green X.

Posted on Nokia's Conversations blog is a reminder of its forthcoming press conference – that we'll be at, naturally – in Barcelona. There's plenty of green about, and four black crosses meeting at the same point. X marks the spot. Of course, for a few more days the rumor and speculation will continue, but soon enough we'll have everything we need to know. 08:30 local time it all goes down on Monday, February 24. Join us.

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Nokia X looking increasingly likely for Mobile World Congress

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I for one would live to see a high end Nokia Android device. Love the build and camera on my Lumia 925.

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I get that. I was referring to a dream I had about a high end android device made by Nokia.

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can someone please explain to me why MSFT hasn't killed this yet? it makes no business sense to me. just when Windows Phone was finally getting some traction - and MSFT buys Nokia - they decide to release an Android phone - into a now matured and commoditized market/space? i don't get it.

Because Nokia will have had this in development since before Microsoft came in waving its checkbook around. If it became too expensive to kill, it would come to market. Or maybe it has Redmond's blessing. Who knows right now.

too expensive to kill is not a good reason. if MSFT/Nokia releases this they are doing nothing but undermining their core strategy. this is too expensive NOT to kill.

Asha has been part of Nokia's device portfolio all along. Asha sells well in dual-sim variants for example in places like Asia and the Middle East. I sat in a room in Abu Dhabi and watched Nokia unveil another round of ridiculously cheap Symbian phones. They obviously have a market, all that's changed is potentially what runs underneath. 

it is my understanding that Nokia was bought by MSFT primarily as a vehicle to expand the market penetration and mindshare of Windows Phone which will ultimately fuel all of MSFT's services growth and revenue/profit (search, cloud, apps, etc.) a la the Android model. this strategy makes no sense to me. it's like MSFT selling Surface tablets with Chrome OS on them. even if they manage to sell a few of the Nokia X (i doubt they'll sell many) it's a drop in the bucket compared to the lost opportunities on the services side. this Nokia X is nothing but a bad distraction with no upside for MSFT - all downside.

What lost opportunities on the services side? The normandy is supposed to be running all MS services instead of Google so they are only gaining.

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I am starting to think it is with Redmonds blessing, even though it has been in the making for a long time. Call it a trial balloon to see if it is worth pursuing

Yeah as far as I've read (here and elsewhere) it was already in the works, right? I thought it would be killed too but maybe the difference now is the lack of Google Play services in favor of Microsoft services, making it less interesting imo..

The deal has not closed yet...as others have said, this device was in the works. Maybe MSFT wants to test the waters to see if there is a demand.

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Windows Phone is to heavy to run on the sort of hardware the Asha market can afford. It would be like running JB on 3 year old hardware.

This is either the greatest idea or the greatest blunder ever in the history of mobile, and of computing in general. Either way, I think this "thing" will make waves, will see where those waves take Nokia/Microsoft.

I honestly cant wait for this to launch. I plan on laughing my a** off all day! Lets release an android phone but not have anything that is good about android! BRILLIANT!!

I would be hesitant to buy this if I in any way would expect updates. MS is going to look for any reason to kill it unless it turns into a hugely popular device.

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This phone is for low end markets to replace Symbian...it's not a direct competitor for Microsoft and Windows ....
Microsoft need revenue where ever it can get it ..and if releasing a budget android helps ...who can blame them ...

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This looks like a feature phone. Feature phone growth is going to explode and its a good play for Microsoft not to ignore the market. It might be Android but I bet it looks like Windows.

"teasted" can someone please explain what this word means. Is it a combination of the words teased, tested, & feasted? If so, I'm stealing this word.

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Nokia forking Android. Love it. This device likely won't be relevant in the US. It's probably an Asha replacement.

I really don't understand what's Nokia doing... It's kind of weird, don't you think?

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How so? Amazon isn't owned by a company whose entire business is focused around making OSes that compete with the OS they're putting in their devices. Amazon's only OS is an Android fork. It doesn't threaten their business model in any way, shape or form. It is a central component OF their business model. So what's weird, exactly, about what they're doing compared to a company owned by Microsoft releasing a phone running a competing OS?

Microsoft isn't focused on the OS any more than Google is. For the last couple of years its been all about the services (storage, music, search, etc.) so I don't see Windows competing with Android. Nokia wont be going for Google Play Services but will fill this up with Microsofts own services. It wont be Googles version of Android. Not anywhere near..

If Nokia wasn't now owned by a company who has no vested interest in Android's success, and if this wasn't geared at the low end (unless there are some surprises in the works), I'd be downright excited. I honestly would have expected from Nokia what we got from Motorola with the X. Superior build quality, carefully-considered design, great battery life, clever additions that add actual value instead of merely change for the sake of change, etc. But now those years of hope seem very, very unlikely to pay off. What a pity.

This is basically Microsoft Kin by Nokia... No real similarities on the technical end mind you, but they were/are both interesting low end concepts with lots of potential, and I'm willing to bet this will end up as dead in the water as Kin. Had it surfaced under an independent Nokia it might've stood a chance.