Dec 26, 2013 11:49 AM EST
Nokia is rumoured to be working on an Android smartphone named 'Normandy'. The smartphone is being classified as falling into Nokia's budget smartphones and being tested on a special Android version. @Evleaks recently released the images on Twitter. The Normandy device supports popular apps such as the Skype app for Android.
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Nokia is currently the second leading mobile phone in China. The brand remains very strong in the Chinese market. Its budget smartphones are aimed to dominate the Chinese market. Nokia announced that Samsung has extended a patent license agreement between Nokia and Samsung for five years last month. The agreement would have expired at the end of 2013. According to the agreement, Samsung will pay additional compensation to Nokia for the period commencing from January 1, 2014 onwards, and the amount of such compensation shall be finally settled.
Android budget smartphones are on the rise. There are new local brands in the Asian countries causing market growth with Android phones sold in the $50 to 100 range. Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team stated, "Android boasted a broad selection of smartphones, and an equally deep list of smartphone vendor partners. Finding an Android smartphone for nearly any budget, taste, size, and price was all but guaranteed during 2012. As a result, Android was rewarded with market-beating growth." Thanks to Android and open source, budget smartphone dominance remains strong on Android’s platform.
Nokia’s product launches are impressive. The company recently announced it will be entering the phablet category with two new devices. Phablets are basically classified as smart devices with diagonal screen sizes between 5 and 7 inches. The company also announced its first tablet called the Lumia 2520. Three new devices were also launched which were Asha 500, 502 and 503 versions. Asha’s release date is still not known.
Nokia’s earliest product launches were developed in Helsinki, Finland, the remote Nordic region which is now called “Europe’s Silicon Valley”. Nokia mobile division was acquired by Microsoft last September for $7.2 billion. The acquisition ignited a slew of up and coming startups and new companies throughout the country of Finland.
Lumia Q3 volumes increased 19% quarter-on-quarter to 8.8 million units, reflecting our recently broadened Lumia product range and strong customer demand, particularly for the Lumia 520. Nokia’s Mobile Phones Q3 volumes increased 4% quarter-on-quarter to 55.8 million units, demonstrating solid performance across the majority of the company’s portfolio due to recently launched devices, particularly the Nokia 105, the Asha 501, and the Nokia 210.
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