Nokia Feature Phone Running Android OS Leaked In Images
Despite the rise in popularity of smartphones in the last few years, many people in developing countries still use feature phones. Numerous countries in Asia, South America and Africa are still the predominant market for the feature phones. Now, images have leaked online which reveal Google, who is known for making Android OS (Operating System) for smartphones is developing a new version of its software for feature phones. The images showcase a Nokia feature phone running a specialised version of Android.
Android For Feature Phones
It has been claimed multiple times in the past that Google is developing a version of Android OS for feature phones. This is to capture the market that has been missed by the company until now. The latest leaks reveal that HMD Global’s Nokia, which is one of the few companies making feature phones, will be the first to launch a device with the new version of Android. In the images, a feature phone in development from Nokia is showcased. The home screen of the upcoming mobile phone features an all-new design for Android. Since the OS was originally designed to work for touchscreen devices, the interface seems to be adapted for use with just buttons.
On the home screen of the new version of Android, a microphone icon, similar to one seen in Google Assistant is visible. This insinuates that the Nokia feature phone will have the digital voice assistant built-in. Also present on the handset are multiple Google apps like Chrome and YouTube; which seem to be designed to run on a small-sized display without touch input. The rest of the User Interface (UI) is similar to what feature phones from Nokia had in the past. While the images provide authenticity to the claim that Google is working on bringing Android to feature phones; the source claims to take the aforementioned information with a grain of salt, as the images could very well be of a Nokia handset running a new version of KaiOS, another popular OS for feature phones.