By Alexandra Burlacu | Jan 02, 2014 09:35 AM EST
The purported Nokia Normandy Android smartphone was believed to no longer be in the cards, but a trusted tipster now claims otherwise.
After various leaks have suggested that Nokia was working on its first Android smartphone dubbed Normandy, a slew of reports recently claimed that such plans have been scrapped.
According to well-known tipster @evleaks, however, such reports claiming that the Nokia Normandy will never launch are not accurate.
"The reports of Normandy's death have been greatly exaggerated," @evleaks recently tweeted.
While it doesn't reveal much, this tweet indicates that Nokia is still working on its Normandy smartphone and a release is still likely. The tipster doesn't mention anything about the development process or expected launch for this purported device. Evleaks has proved to be accurate countless times before when outing yet-to-be-announced devices. However, it remains unclear at this point whether this Nokia Normandy Android smartphone is real or just a rumor.
Speculations of an Android smartphone from Nokia have been around for ages, as many hope to see the Finnish company break from its Windows Phone chains and launch a device running on Google's popular platform.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the same @evleaks posted a render of Nokia's purported Android smartphone in several color options. The image was accompanied with the description "Nokia Normandy, 2013," suggesting that the smartphone would debut by the end of the year. With 2013 now over, that leak has proved to be incorrect, as no Normandy smartphone showed up.
The render showed a similar design to Nokia's Asha range of devices, with color options including Black, Red, Cyan, Mint Green, Yellow, and White. Earlier reports have indicated that Nokia was working on a forked version of Android for its Normandy smartphone, similarly to how Amazon uses a customized Android version of its Kindle Fire lineup. Those reports pointed to a 2014 launch date for the Normandy.
With so many reports out and about and no palpable evidence, it is best to file this in the rumor category at this point. Nokia has not announced any plans to launch an Android smartphone, and the company is still committed to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform for now.