Nokia has been a trailblazer in the mobile industry when it comes to feature phones. The company evolved from feature phones to smartphones, which have been Windows phones initially, and later, HMD Global had made Nokia’s transition to Android. Nonetheless, the company hadn’t stopped making the feature phones, which not tech-savvy consumers in the country still buy. While the limited features in the ‘number keypad’ phones don’t feel appealing, well, that might soon be going to be changed.
According to a report from 9to5Google, which cites an anonymous source, reveals the first alleged Nokia feature phone that surprisingly happens to be running on Android with Google Assistant support. Well, this isn’t entirely new for Nokia as it earlier released feature phones based on KaiOS, which was also running on JioPhone as well. Though the KaiOS and the newly spotted unknown Android version are running on feature phones, they both appear to be differing in a lot of ways.
The report had showcased a feature phone of what appears to be a lookalike of the Nokia 220 (when put side-by-side for comparison) running on an unknown version of Android. The device is tipped as a Nokia-made feature phone, according to the anonymous source in the report. The hands-on photos reveal a new ‘Home’ screen for Android running on a feature phone with supposedly Google’s Voice Assistant, and also we can observe Google’s Chrome and YouTube running on the feature phone as well.
It is still unclear, whether the Android version running on the alleged Nokia phone is another simplified version of Google’s Android Go version, which itself is a toned-down version of Android made by the search engine giant for low-end phones, which run on 1GB RAM or less. On the whole, the alleged Nokia feature phone appears to be in development stages; however, it is still unclear when the feature phone would come to life. Further, it yet not known to which specific markets or regions the alleged Android running feature phone is targeted too. Stay connected to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.