New Nokia Normandy leak gives another look at its custom Android user interface

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| January 16, 2014

Nokia Normandy custom Android user interface

Folks interested in the Nokia Normandy have had a plethora of leaks to sink their teeth into, including both leaked renders and some actual photos that show the Android-powered device in the wild. Today we've got another Normandy leak to check out, but rather than focusing on the device itself, this one gives us a better look at the custom Android UI that the phone is expected to run.

The image, shared by @evleaks, includes the caption "Two ways to interact with Normandy." The left side of the shot features the same Windows Phone-esque app tiles that we saw earlier this week. Meanwhile, the right side features what looks to be a notification shade with an alarm and calendar notification at the top and a "Recent" list beneath it that includes several apps and notifications. The "Missed Call" and "Message" notifications also include the ability to respond to the sender.

The Nokia Normandy is rumored to be a low-cost smartphone that's running a highly-customized version of Android, similar to what Amazon uses on its Kindle Fire tablets. From what we've seen of it so far, the Normandy's UI looks like a mashup of Windows Phone and the software found on Nokia's Asha phones. The Normandy is reportedly intended to target the same affordable phone market as the Asha line, but Nokia chose to load the device with Android instead of the Series 40-based OS on the Asha phones so that it would have access to a larger catalog of full-on apps.

Because of Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services division, it's still not clear whether or not the Normandy will ever actually be made available to the public. The Normandy has leaked so many times to date that it certainly feels like the device has been released, but let's be real and admit that many of us would still like to actually get our hands on a unit, if only to see what using an Android-powered Nokia phone is like.

Via @evleaks