First images of Nokia's Android design emerges

Shares more than a passing resemblance to Windows Phone 8

Pictures have emerged of what is claimed to be Nokia’s heavily forked version of Android.

The images, published by @evleaks, show an interface that looks much more like Windows Phone than previous leaks.

Earlier rumours had suggested that Nokia’s custom version of Android would bear more than a passing resemblance to Microsoft’s rival Windows Phone software.

The future of Nokia’s Normandy project has been up in the air since Microsoft bought the company.

However, these latest images suggest that Microsoft may be on board, due to likeness of the software’s design to its own Metro styling.

Nokia s Android smartphone

The tiles are almost identical to those found on Windows Phone 8.

Previous reports had suggested that Normandy was intended to replace its Asha line up of smartphones.

The thinking behind designing Android more like Windows Phone – according to the reports – was to provide a way of easing in those upgrading from feature phones into the Windows Phone environment while benefiting from the low cost and hardware requirements of Android.

It is currently unclear if Nokia and Microsoft will provide their own store front or hook into the Google Play store.

If it quacks like a duck...

Rumours of an Android-based Nokia smartphone emerged in September. The New York Times reported that Nokia engineers had developed Lumia smartphones that ran Android instead of Windows Phone 8.

According to the report, Nokia saw the project as a way of guaranteeing its survival should Microsoft pull out of mobile.

Previous leaks have shown hardware that looks very similar to Nokia’s existing Lumia range, suggesting that the company will retain the premium feel of the hardware.

As for the specifications, according to The Verge, it will come with a four-inch display, a Qualcomm S4 processor, a three megapixel camera, 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM.