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Nokia building low-cost Android phone


Codenamed Normandy, the device is reported to use a forked version of the open source operating system and will be targeted at consumers in emerging markets. Indeed, a number of ex-employees, forced to depart as the company cut costs and made itself more attractive to Microsoft, confirmed that Nokia had tested Google’s open source operating system on its hardware. Despite the fact that Nokia is the world’s leading Windows Phone manufacturer, or that it is about to become part of Microsoft, according to The Verge, the Finnish company intends to continue flirting with Android. The reason being that it is very difficult to make a ‘cheap’ Nokia Lumia Windows phone handset, but easy to brig Nokia’s formidable imaging technology, apps and design philosophy to a handset optimized for running Android, albeit a version that has been slightly rewritten or “forked” so that it can’t download apps from Google Play.

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