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Jan 2, 2014

Nokia Normandy Leaked Photo Shows Android UI and Dual-SIM Support

Nokia Normandy continues to make waves in the media, as new info about the allegedly killed Android smartphone designed by the Finnish company emerges online.

WPCentral reports the budget-friendly smartphone has just been spotted in China once again, but this time the phone's Android UI has been somewhat revealed under a blurred screenshot. There's also news the Normandy will not offer access to Google Play Store, if it were to see the light of day anytime in the future. Aside from that, the picture leaked confirms the smartphone will only have a single capacitive touchscreen button and may offer dual-SIM support.

According to sources familiar with Nokia's Normandy project, the smartphone will be powered by a “forked” Android platform, which is one of the reasons it will not offer access to Google Play. We still don't have any clues on whether or not Nokia Normandy will ever be released on the market, but more details may surface in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Nokia Normandy UI
Image credits to WPDang

Nokia Kills Developer Support for Symbian and MeeGo

Nokia has just confirmed it has ended support for Symbian and MeeGo mobile platforms beginning January 1, 2014. The Finnish company announced beck in October it will kill support for both operating systems in early 2014, so the move doesn't really come as a surprise for Symbian/MeeGo users.

However, those who still own Symbian/MeeGo smartphones will still be able to download applications and games through Nokia's Ovi Store, though developers are not allowed to publish new apps or updates anymore. Developers who still have apps and games published in Ovi Store will continue to receive their payments as usual until the application store closes and their products will no longer be available for download.

These are surely dark times for Symbian/MeeGo users, but usually when something old disappears, something new always appears to take its place. Perhaps now is the time for Symbian fans to switch to other mobile platforms like Windows Phone, Android or iOS.

Symbian logo
Image credits to Nokia

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Leaks in Live Pictures with 720p Display and 13MP Camera

The sequel to Huawei’s Ascent Mate phablet has just leaked once again in China. The first live pictures of the smartphone popped up a few days ago and now a new set of photos are available online.

Courtesy of Chinese Engadget, the new photos show the Ascend Mate 2 compared with its predecessor. Some pictures also confirm some of the phablet’s specs, such as the 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and the 1.6 GHz quad-core processor complemented by 2GB of RAM.

The bad news is that the anonymous source that leaked these photo via Engadget Chinese claims that the Ascend Mate 2 will pack the same 6.1-inch HD (720) capacitive touchscreen display and not the previously rumored full HD (1080) screen. Other specs confirmed by the cited source include Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI on top, 16GB of internal memory and secondary front-facing camera. Image gallery below, click for larger images.

Huawei Ascend Mate 2
Images credits to Chinese Engadget

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