FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia will unveil its rumoured Nokia X Android phone at Mobile World Congress later this month, reportedly with Microsoft's blessing.
Citing "people familiar with the matter", the Wall Street Journal reported that Nokia's first Android phone codenamed the Nokia Normandy will be unveiled in Barcelona on 24 February, despite speculation that Microsoft might not allow it.
The report said Nokia's engineers were working on the Android phone long before Microsoft's bought the firm's devices division, adding that the Redmond company has since given the Finnish phone firm the green light to go ahead and release the device.
Such a move isn't all that surprising, as despite Microsoft's focus on its own Windows Phone operating system, if Nokia's Android phone is a success it will help cover the high cost of competing in a smartphone industry dominated by handsets running Google's mobile operating system.
The Wall Street Journal report also revealed some more information about Nokia's first Android device that's perhaps bad news for potential customers. The Nokia X apparently won't have access to Google Play, nor will it feature the usual Google apps, with Nokia instead opting for Microsoft alternatives. This was Nokia's decision, but we're guessing that Microsoft likely had a say too.
If earlier rumours are anything to go by, the rumoured Nokia X will also feature a 4in display, a Qualcomm S4 processor, a 3MP rear-facing camera and 4GB of internal storage that will be expandable via microSD card. It is also tipped to launch in several different colours, and likely will fetch less than £200 upon release.
Neither Nokia nor Microsoft has yet commented on the latest rumours, but we'll be at Nokia's MWC press conference to bring you all the latest. µ