Rumours were that the reason Microsoft was quick to acquire Nokia was because Nokia was working on an Android Phone. Interestingly, that could still happen according to a report by The Verge. Although it seems unlikely that Nokia, which would be a part of Microsoft soon, will release an Android based handset, The Verge suggests that the project codenamed Normandy is “full steam ahead.”
Apparently Nokia is looking at Normandy to be the future of it’s Asha range of budget smartphones and is working on a forked version of Android that is very different to what is present on current Android handsets. Think of it as something along the lines of what Amazon has done with Kindle. The advantage Nokia will have moving Asha to Android is the vast amount of apps that can be accessed by the end user.