Rumours Of A Nokia Android Device Abound – More Hype Than Substance

Since S60/Symbian bashing has become the new thing lately, a lot of rumours proclaiming that Nokia will ditch Symbian were expected. However, one piece of ‘news’ that has really sent the rumour mills into a tizzy is this piece published in UK’s Guardian newspaper, ‘quoting industry insiders’, claiming that Nokia will embrace Android to keep afloat in the smartphone wars and that the announcement of a Android running Nokia smartphone was expected this Nokia World, September 2-3.

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What is my reaction? Hype and very/no little substance. If you think about it camly, I’m sure you will see through it as well. Nokia is the world’s biggest handset manufacturer, it already runs Symbian on its smartphones and Maemo, its homegrown flavour of Linux, on its Internet Tablets and if it were to make an Android device now, it would be equivalent of saying ‘we couldn’t make a decent OS on our own and now we will compete with other manufacturers on the strength on our hardware alone’. Like I said, virtually impossible.

That being said, will there be a new Linux running device announced at Nokia World? Quite possibly. It will be the long rumoured successor to the N810 that runs Maemo and has the capability of making calls. The N900 perhaps.

[Update – As expected, Nokia has officially gone on record to deny this.]

If you really want to dig into it, here’s the rumour courtesy Mobile Crunch:

Hardware Specs:

  • GPS, along with an accelerometer.
  • Dimensions: 59.7mm x 111mm x 18.2mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • 3.5″ 800×480 (WVGA) touchscreen
  • OMAP3430 500/600 Mhz processor (Fun Trivia: Same CPU as the Palm Pre)
  • Bands: GSM Quad-Band 850, 900, 1800, 1900. WCDMA 900, 1700/2100, 2100
  • 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, autofocus, and sliding cover
  • Though the renders we’ve seen show two lens-like circles near the screen, we’ve got no word on what’s behind them. However, we feel safe in assuming that its a proximity sensor and a front-facing camera.
  • 1GB total virtual runtime memory (256MB physical RAM, 768MB virtual memory)
  • Wi-Fi, HSPA
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 48GB via external memory
  • Keyboard variants: English, Scandinavian, French, German, South European, Italian, Russia
  • In the box: Connectivity cable, headset, charger, battery (1320 mAh), Video-out cable, microUSB adaptor, cleaning cloth

Some of the mentioned software features:

  • In all of the renders we’ve seen, it appears to be running Maemo 5.
  • Multitasking: “Run all of your favorite applications simultaneously”
  • Live Dashboard allows all open tasks and unread messages to be displayed in one view
  • Browser: Firefox 3 with support for Flash 9.4
  • Built-in automatic update software
  • Contacts has some sort of status sharing built in, allowing you to share your status, location, and mood. Support for Contacts on Ovi and Google Talk.
  • All SMS and IMs accessible from one view
  • Cellular voice or VOIP both supported
  • Captures video at 800×480 in AVC/H.264
  • Image tagging and geo-tagging support
  • Nokia intends to have at least a dozen add-on apps available at launch, including a game called “Bounce”, a Jaiku/Twitter app called “Mauku”, and a few widgets.

3 thoughts on “Rumours Of A Nokia Android Device Abound – More Hype Than Substance”

  1. “we couldn’t make a decent OS on our own and now we will compete with other manufacturers on the strength on our hardware alone”.

    I think that it’s quite possible they may end up saying just that. Of course, it would be about the strength of their hardware *and* services.

  2. I definitely agree about the services, but considering the fact that they have invested so much in Symbian and Maemo, I don’t really see them going elsewhere anytime soon.

  3. Good points…I would note that as someone who really doesn’t write on blogs much (in fact, this may be my first post), I don’t think the term “lurker” is very becoming to a non-posting reader. It’s not your fault really , but perhaps the blogosphere could come up with a better, non-creepy name for the 90% of us that enjoy reading the posts.

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