Nokia Android phone confirmed to debut this month: WSJ

Nokia Android interface
A previously leaked image of Nokia X (credit: @evleaks)

While we have long known that Nokia has been developing an Android smartphone, it wasn’t confirmed until now whether the phone will ever see light of the day.

Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nokia is readying the phone for Mobile World Congress debut later this month. There is still no word on when the phone will actually go on sale.

According to WSJ, this Nokia smartphone will come pre-loaded with apps from Microsoft and Nokia, MixRadio streaming app and an appstore by Nokia.  There will obviously be no official support for Google Play or Google suite of Android applications.

The Journal report is light on actual details about the smartphone but as per previous leaks, the phone is codenamed Normandy and might be released as Nokia X. The phone reportedly features a 4.3-inch WVGA display, dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera, front camera, Wi-Fi and forked version of Android 4.4.

Nokia will be launching the phone in emerging markets like India, where Android has eroded its market share. It will be interesting to see whether Microsoft continues to make such phones after the Nokia deal is finalised or Nokia X is going to be the first and final Android phone from Nokia.

Nokia is hosting a press event in MWC, Barcelona on February 24 from 08:30 to 09:30 am local time, where it will most likely be announcing the Nokia X. As always, we will bring you all the details right here.

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